“The Met: Live In HD” Summer Encore Series Heats Up at U.S. Cinemas

  “The Met: Live In HD” Summer Encore Series Heats Up at U.S. Cinemas

 NCM Fathom Events and the Metropolitan Opera Present Four Magnificent Opera
            Performances in Select U.S. Cinemas Beginning June 19

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NEW YORK & CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- April 29, 2013

Beginning Wednesday, June 19, the Metropolitan Opera and NCM Fathom Events
will once again present Summer HD Encores, a series of encore performances
from the groundbreaking Live in HD series, in nearly 400 select U.S. cinemas
nationwide through NCM’s exclusive Digital Broadcast Network. This summer’s
encore series offers four popular Live in HD events, including the
most-attended event in the program’s history, Bizet’s “Carmen” (June 19),
followed by Verdi’s “Il Trovatore”  (June 26), Rossini’s “Armida”  (July 10),
and Verdi’s “La Traviata” (July 17).

Tickets for The Met: Live in HD Summer 2013 Encores, shown in cinemas
Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. in all time zones, are available at
www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices.

This will be the fifth series of Summer HD Encores, following a successful
seventh season of The Met: Live in HD series which featured 12 live operas
including five new productions.

“This summer’s Encore series features four passionate and romantic opera
performances that are sure to heat up cinemas across the country,” said Shelly
Maxwell, executive vice president of NCM Fathom Events. “The series kicks off
with the sizzling fan favorite ‘Carmen’ which was last featured in the Met:
Live in HD series in 2010. Definitely a must-see for anyone who experienced –
or missed – any of these performances during their first run.”

              The Met: Live in HD Summer 2013 Encores Schedule:

Carmen  – Wednesday, June 19 (originally broadcast live on January 16, 2010)

Called “a gripping and brilliant production” by The New York Times, “Carmen”
stars Elīna Garanča as the seductive gypsy, opposite Roberto Alagna as the
obsessed soldier Don José. Acclaimed rising Canadian conductor Yannick
Nézet-Séguin leads the Met’s production by Olivier Award-winning British
director Richard Eyre, which features Barbara Frittoli as Micaëla and Teddy
Tahu Rhodes as the toreador Escamillo. Christopher Wheeldon, artistic director
and founder of Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company, created the choreography for
what remains the Met’s most popular HD presentation to date.

Il Trovatore – Wednesday, June 26 (originally broadcast live on April 30,
2011)

Starring four of the world’s most celebrated interpreters of the leading
roles, David McVicar’s critically acclaimed production stars Marcelo Álvarez
as the heroic troubadour of the title. In the role of Leonora, Sondra
Radvanovsky is “remarkable…a spirited, feisty heroine” (Variety); Dolora
Zajick is "a force of nature” (The New York Times) as Azucena, the gypsy with
a dark secret; and Dmitri Hvorostovsky's "vivid presence and rich baritone
emphasize Count di Luna's swings between hell-bent vengeance and romantic
obsession" (Variety).  Marco Armiliato conducts.

Armida  – Wednesday, July 10 (originally broadcast live on May 1, 2010)

Directed by Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman, “Armida” stars celebrated
American soprano Renée Fleming as the mystical sorceress in one of the
greatest virtuoso roles from the bel canto repertory. Fleming is joined by
Lawrence Brownlee, who sings Armida’s chief love interest, Rinaldo, and four
more tenors in the roles of the crusader knights. Barry Banks portrays
Rinaldo’s rival Gernando. John Osborn sings Goffredo, and Banks, Kobie van
Rensburg, and Yegishe Manucharyan are the knights Carlo, Ubaldo, and Eustazio,
respectively. Riccardo Frizza conducts.

La Traviata  – Wednesday, July 17 (originally broadcast live on April 14,
2012)

Natalie Dessay stars as the tragic courtesan Violetta Valéry in Willy Decker’s
innovative modern-dress staging of “La Traviata,” which “delivers style,
sparkle, and stirring drama” (Los Angeles Times). Met Principal Conductor
Fabio Luisi leads the tragic love story, which also stars Matthew Polenzani as
the lovesick Alfredo and Dmitri Hvorostovsky as his disapproving father,
Giorgio Germont.

About National CineMedia (NCM)

National CineMedia (NCM) operates NCM Media Networks, a leading integrated
media company reaching U.S. consumers in movie theaters, online and through
mobile technology. The NCM Cinema Network and NCM Fathom Events present cinema
advertising and events across the nation’s largest digital in-theater network,
comprised of theaters owned by AMC Entertainment Inc., Cinemark Holdings, Inc.
(NYSE: CNK), Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) and other leading regional
theater circuits. NCM’s theater advertising network covers 183 Designated
Market Areas® (49 of the top 50) and includes over 19,300 screens
(approximately 18,500 digital). During 2012, approximately 710 million patrons
attended movies shown in theaters in which NCM currently has exclusive, cinema
advertising agreements in place. The NCM Fathom Events live digital broadcast
network (“DBN”) is comprised of over 740 locations in 172 Designated Market
Areas® (including all of the top 50). The NCM Interactive Network offers
360-degree integrated marketing opportunities in combination with cinema,
encompassing 41 entertainment-related websites, online widgets and mobile
applications. National CineMedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: NCMI) owns a 46.9% interest in
and is the managing member of National CineMedia LLC. For more information,
visit www.ncm.com or www.FathomEvents.com. (NCMI-E)

About the Metropolitan Opera

Under the leadership of General Manager Peter Gelb and Music Director James
Levine, the Met has a series of bold initiatives underway that are designed to
broaden its audience and revitalize the company’s repertory. The Met has made
a commitment to presenting modern masterpieces alongside the classic
repertory, with highly theatrical productions featuring the greatest opera
stars in the world. For more information about the Metropolitan Opera, please
visit www.metopera.org.

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Contact:

Press/Media Only:
NCM Fathom Events
Michelle Portillo, 303-792-8651
michelle.portillo@ncm.com
or
Metropolitan Opera
Lee Abrahamian / Eva Chien
212-870-7457 / 212-870-4589
labrahamian@metopera.org / echein@metopera.org