“The Met: Live In HD” Summer Encore Series Hits U.S. Cinemas Again this June and July

  “The Met: Live In HD” Summer Encore Series Hits U.S. Cinemas Again this June
  and July

    Fathom Events and the Metropolitan Opera Give Theatergoers a Chance to
   Re-experience Four Opera Performances in Select U.S. Cinemas This Summer

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NEW YORK & CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- May 13, 2014

Beginning Wednesday, June 18, the Metropolitan Opera and Fathom Events will
once again present Summer HD Encores, a series of choice encore performances
from the groundbreaking Live in HD series of cinema presentations, in more
than 400 U.S. cinemas nationwide through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network.
This summer’s Encore series offers repeats of four popular Live in HD events,
including Verdi’s “Rigoletto” (June 18), Puccini’s “La Rondine”  (June 25),
Verdi’s “Otello”  (July 9), and the Baroque pastiche “The Enchanted Island”
(July 16).

Tickets for The Met: Live in HD Summer 2014 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 sixth series of Summer HD Encores, following a successful
eighth season of The Met: Live in HD series which featured 10 live operas
including four new productions.

“We’re ready to heat up cinemas again this summer with the return of the
Encore series, featuring four outstanding opera performances,” said Shelly
Maxwell, executive vice president of Fathom Events. “These are must-see events
for anyone who experienced – or had to miss – any of these performances the
first time around.”

              The Met: Live in HD Summer 2014 Encores Schedule:

Rigoletto  – Wednesday, June 18 (originally transmitted live on February 16,
2013)

Michael Mayer’s acclaimed production, the talk of the opera world when it
premiered in 2013, sets the action of Verdi’s masterpiece in 1960s Las Vegas—a
neon-lit world ruled by money and ruthless, powerful men. In this bold new
vision (featured on 60 Minutes), Piotr Beczala is the Duke, a popular
entertainer and casino owner. Željko Lučić sings Rigoletto, a comedian and the
Duke’s sidekick, and Diana Damrau is Rigoletto’s innocent daughter, Gilda.
When she is seduced by the Duke, Rigoletto sets out on a tragic course of
murderous revenge.

La Rondine – Wednesday, June 25  (originally transmitted live on January 21,
2009)

Puccini’s achingly beautiful score conveys the plight of Magda (the “swallow”
of the title), who unexpectedly finds true love with the handsome young
Ruggero. But their idyllic life comes to a premature end as she is haunted by
the fear that her checkered past will ruin his future. Opera stars Angela
Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna portray Puccini’s star-crossed lovers. Nicolas
Joël’s production features elegant and sophisticated art-deco sets that
contribute to the dazzling stage picture.

Otello  – Wednesday, July 9 (originally transmitted live on October 27, 2012)

In Verdi’s retelling of Shakespeare’s towering tragedy, Renée Fleming gives a
captivating performance as the innocent Desdemona, a role long considered one
of her calling cards. As the title hero, Johan Botha delivers an imposing
portrayal of a proud warrior brought down by jealousy, with Falk Struckmann as
the villainous Iago.

The Enchanted Island  – Wednesday, July 16  (originally transmitted live on
January 21, 2012)

A contemporary take on the 18th-century genre of the pastiche, this delightful
Baroque fantasy brings together some of the greatest arias and ensembles by
Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau, Purcell, and other composers, with a new English
libretto by Jeremy Sams, inspired by Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” and “A
Midsummer Night’s Dream.” The all-star cast is headed by David Daniels as
Prospero, Joyce DiDonato as Sycorax, Danielle de Niese as Ariel, Luca Pisaroni
as Caliban and the legendary Plácido Domingo as Neptune. William Christie
conducts this dazzling world-premiere production.

About AC JV, LLC

Fathom Events is owned by a newly formed entity called AC JV, LLC.Fathom is
the recognized leader in the alternative entertainment industry, offering a
variety of one-of-a-kind entertainment events in movie theaters nationwide
that include live, high-definition performances of the Metropolitan Opera, the
performing arts, major sporting events, music concerts, comedy series,
Broadway shows, original programming featuring entertainment’s biggest stars,
socially relevant documentaries with audience Q&A and much more. Additionally,
Fathom events take audiences behind-the-scenes and offer unique extras –
creating the ultimate entertainment experience for fans of all ages. Co-owned
by the three largest movie theater circuits in the United States, AMC
Entertainment Inc. (NYSE: AMC), Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK) and Regal
Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC), Fathom’s live digital broadcast network
(“DBN”) is the largest cinema broadcast network in North America, bringing
live events to more than 750 locations in 171 Designated Market Areas®
(including all of the top 50). For more information, visit
www.fathomevents.com.

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:

Fathom Events
Jessica Hanus, 303-792-8766
jhanus@fathomevents.com
or
Metropolitan Opera
Lee Abrahamian, 212-799-3100 x2724
labrahamian@metopera.org
or
Eva Chien, 212-799-3100 x2889
echien@metopera.org
 
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