“The Met: Live in HD” 2013-14 Season Opens with “Eugene Onegin” in U.S. Cinemas on Oct. 5

  “The Met: Live in HD” 2013-14 Season Opens with “Eugene Onegin” in U.S.
  Cinemas on Oct. 5

  The Metropolitan Opera and NCM Fathom Events Present Eighth Season of the
  Award-Winning Series in U.S. Cinemas Nationwide with 10 Live Performances,
                        Including Four New Productions

                             Tickets on Sale Now

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CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- August 21, 2013

The Metropolitan Opera and NCM Fathom Events present the eighth season of the
Emmy^® and Peabody award-winning “The Met: Live in HD” series in cinemas
beginning Oct. 5 with Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin.” The series will feature
10 live performances, including four new productions and the
highly-anticipated return of Met Music Director James Levine for “Falstaff”
this December and “Così fan tutte” next spring.  Each live performance,
broadcast through National CineMedia’s (NCM) exclusive Digital Broadcast
Network, will take place on a Saturday, with pre-recorded encore presentations
taking place the Wednesday evening after each live performance.

Tickets are available at participating cinema box offices and online at
www.FathomEvents.com. For a complete list of cinema locations and schedule,
please visit the website (cinemas and participants are subject to change).
Ticket prices vary by location.

“We are pleased to once again bring an exciting mix of operas, including such
popular favorites as ‘Tosca’ and ‘La Bohème,’ to opera fans across the nation
and around the world,” said Peter Gelb, the Met’s General Manager. “This
season also marks the highly-anticipated return of our Music Director, James
Levine, who will conduct two of the season’s HD transmissions, which should
delight opera fans across the globe.”

“The Met: Live in HD” 2013-2014 season will be broadcast across 169 U.S.
markets and more than 650 select cinemas (the series is also shown in 100
additional independent venues nationwide). The series will premiere with a new
production of Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin” starring Anna Netrebko, Mariusz
Kwiecien and Piotr Beczala, followed by William Kentridge’s innovative
production of Shostakovich’s “The Nose” (Oct. 26); Puccini’s classic drama
“Tosca” (Nov. 9) and a new production of Verdi’s “Falstaff” (Dec. 14). The
series kicks off the new year with Renée Fleming in one of her signature
roles, the title character in Dvořák’s “Rusalka” (Feb. 8); followed by a new
production of Borodin’s rarely heard epic “Prince Igor” (March 1); Jonas
Kaufmann and Elīna Garanča in a new staging by Richard Eyre of Massenet’s
tragic romance “Werther” (March 15); Puccini’s timeless love story “La Bohème”
(April 5); the first Live in HD performance of Mozart’s “Così fan tutte”
(April 26); and Rossini’s Cinderella story “La Cenerentola” (May 10) concludes
the season.

Met opera stars serve as hosts for the HD series, conducting live interviews
with cast and crew members as well as production teams. They introduce the
popular behind-the-scenes features during intermission, giving the audience an
unprecedented look at what goes into the staging of an opera at one of the
world’s great houses.

“Entering its eighth season in movie theaters, the Metropolitan Opera
continues to offer the world’s most beloved performances to audiences at
Lincoln Center and cinemas nationwide through our award-winning The Met: Live
in HD series,” said Shelly Maxwell, executive vice president of NCM Fathom
Events. “Together with the Met, Fathom Events continues to make the opera
experience accessible and affordable to fans of all ages so they may sample
the best of the Met’s new season in the comfort of their local movie theater.”

“The Met: Live in HD” is shown in more than 1,900 cinemas in 64 countries,
making the Met the only arts institution with an ongoing global art series of
this scale. “The Met: Live in HD” series is made possible by a generous grant
from The Neubauer Family Foundation. Global corporate sponsorship of “The Met:
Live in HD”  is provided by  Bloomberg.

 The 2013-14 “The Met: Live in HD”  series planned schedule** is as follows:

Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013 – 12:55 p.m. Eastern / 9:55 a.m. Pacific
EUGENE ONEGIN (Tchaikovsky)
Anna Netrebko and Mariusz Kwiecien star as the lovestruck Tatiana and the
imperious Onegin in Tchaikovsky’s fateful romance. Deborah Warner’s new
production, set in the late 19th century, captures the splendor and passion of
Tchaikovsky’s opera, with a powerful snowstorm providing the dramatic setting
for the finale. Piotr Beczala is Lenski, Onegin’s friend turned rival. Russian
maestro Valery Gergiev conducts.

Wednesday, Oct. 9 – 6:30 p.m. local time
Encore presentation of EUGENE ONEGIN
(Available in select cinemas only)

Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013 – 12:55 p.m. Eastern / 9:55 a.m. Pacific
THE NOSE (Shostakovich)
William Kentridge stormed the Met with his inventive production of
Shostakovich’s opera, which dazzled opera and art lovers alike in its
inaugural run in 2010. Now Paulo Szot reprises his acclaimed performance of a
bureaucrat, whose satirical misadventures in search of his missing nose are
based on Gogol’s comic story. Valery Gergiev conducts.

Wednesday, Oct. 30 – 6:30 p.m. local time
Encore presentation of THE NOSE
(Available in select cinemas only)

Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 – 12:55 p.m. Eastern / 9:55 a.m. Pacific
TOSCA (Puccini)
Puccini’s timeless verismo score is well served by an exceptional cast, led by
Patricia Racette in the title role of the jealous diva, opposite Roberto
Alagna as her lover, Cavaradossi. George Gagnidze is the villainous Scarpia.

Wednesday, Nov. 13 – 6:30 p.m. local time
Encore presentation of TOSCA
(Available in select cinemas only)

Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013 – 12:55 p.m. Eastern / 9:55 a.m. Pacific
FALSTAFF (Verdi)
An undisputed master of Falstaff, Music Director James Levine conducts Verdi’s
opera for the first time at the Met since 2005. Robert Carsen’s production—the
first new Met Falstaff since 1964—is set in the English countryside in the
mid-20th century. Ambrogio Maestri (last season’s Dulcamara in the Opening
Night production of “L’Elisir d’Amore”) sings the title role of the blustery
Sir John Falstaff, opposite a marvelous ensemble that includes Angela Meade,
Stephanie Blythe, Lisette Oropesa and Franco Vassallo.

Wednesday, Dec. 18 – 6:30 p.m. local time
Encore presentation of FALSTAFF
(Available in select cinemas only)

Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 – 12:55 p.m. Eastern / 9:55 a.m. Pacific
RUSALKA (Dvořák)
The great Renée Fleming returns to one of her signature roles, singing the
enchanting “Song to the Moon” in Dvořák’s soulful fairy-tale opera. Tenor
Piotr Beczala co-stars as the Prince, Dolora Zajick is Ježibaba and the
dynamic young maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin is on the podium.

Wednesday, Feb. 12 – 6:30 p.m. local time
Encore presentation of RUSALKA
(Available in select cinemas only)

Saturday, March 1, 2014 – Noon Eastern / 9:00 a.m. Pacific
PRINCE IGOR (Borodin)
Borodin’s defining Russian epic, famous for its Polovtsian Dances, comes to
the Met for the first time in nearly 100 years. Dmitri Tcherniakov’s new
production is a brilliant psychological journey through the mind of its
conflicted hero, with the founding of the Russian nation as the backdrop. Star
bass-baritone Ildar Abdrazakov takes on the monumental title role, with
Gianandrea Noseda conducting.

Wednesday, March 5 – 6:30 p.m. local time
Encore presentation of PRINCE IGO
(Available in select cinemas only)

Saturday, March 15, 2014 – 12:55 p.m. Eastern / 9:55 a.m. Pacific
WERTHER (Massenet)
Two of opera’s greatest artists—Jonas Kaufmann and Elīna Garanča—appear
together for the first time at the Met in Massenet’s sublime adaptation of
Goethe’s revolutionary and tragic romance. It is directed and designed by
Richard Eyre and Rob Howell, the same team that created the Met’s recent hit
production of “Carmen.” Alain Altinoglu conducts.

Wednesday, March 19 – 6:30 p.m. local time
Encore presentation of WERTHER
(Available in select cinemas only)

Saturday, April 5, 2014 – 12:55 p.m. Eastern / 9:55 a.m. Pacific
LA BOHÈME (Puccini)
Puccini’s moving story of young love is the most performed opera in Met
history—and with good reason. Anita Hartig stars as the frail Mimì in Franco
Zeffirelli’s classic production, with Vittorio Grigolo as her passionate
lover, Rodolfo, Susanna Phillips as Musetta and Massimo Cavalletti as
Marcello.

Wednesday, April 9 – 6:30 p.m. local time
Encore presentation of LA BOHÈME
(Available in select cinemas only)

Saturday, April 26, 2014 – 12:55 p.m. Eastern / 9:55 a.m. Pacific
COSÌ FAN TUTTE (Mozart)
Music Director James Levine conducts Mozart’s beloved opera about testing the
ties of love. The cast is filled with youthful Met stars: Susanna Phillips and
Isabel Leonard are the sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella, Matthew Polenzani and
Rodion Pogossov are their lovers, with Danielle de Niese as the clever Despina
and Maurizio Muraro as the cynical Don Alfonso.

Wednesday, April 30 – 6:30 p.m. local time
Encore presentation of COSÌ FAN TUTTE
(Available in select cinemas only)

Saturday, May 10, 2014 – 12:55 p.m. Eastern / 9:55 a.m. Pacific
LA CENERENTOLA (Rossini)
A peerless pair of Rossini virtuosos joins forces in “La Cenerentola”—a vocal
tour de force for mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, singing her first Met
performances of the Cinderella title role, and the high-flying tenor Juan
Diego Flórez, as her Prince Charming. Alessandro Corbelli as Cenerentola’s
stepfather Don Magnifico, and Luca Pisaroni as Don Ramiro’s tutor, Alidoro,
with Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leading the effervescent score.

Wednesday, May 14 – 6:30 p.m. local time
Encore presentation of LA CENERENTOLA
(Available in select cinemas only)

**Programs and casting subject to change. For more details on the operas,
please visit the Met’s website at www.metopera.org/hdlive.

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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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