The Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD 2016/17
Making up the 2016/17 programme for the New York Metropolitan Opera's Live in HD simulcast series are two operas each from Mozart and Verdi and one each by Wagner, Gounod, Tchaikovsky, Richard Strauss and Dvořák, as well as a piece from Paris-based Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho: L'Amour de Loin. The new season offers four new Met productions, as well as one Met première, for the audience of tens of thousands in nearly 70 countries participating in the programme.
The first in Hungary to join these simulcasts, Müpa has fitted out both the Festival Theatre and the Auditorium with the technology required for these performances to truly be enjoyed in their full splendour. Hungarian-language subtitles help viewers follow the plots to the pieces, which are sung in their original languages.
During the intervals of the performances, the simulcast audience will receive important and fascinating background information through English-language interviews with the principals and other presentations of behind-the-scenes secrets.
The first performance in Müpa's ninth season of Met Live in HD transmissions will take place on 8 October, with Sir Simon Rattle conducting Wagner's musical drama Tristan und Isolde. Over the course of the season's ten performances, the audience will get the chance to encounter numerous superb singers, many of whom are very well known, and quite a few others who (for the time being, at least) will be less familiar. Don Giovanni, for example, will feature Roland Villazon and Simon Kennlyside, while Nabucco will see Plácido Domingo starring in the title role. The bel canto princess Diana Damrau will appear in Gounod's Roméo et Juliette, Thomas Hampson in La traviata, and Matthew Polenzani in Idomeneo. Anna Netrebko and Renée Fleming will also both be taking the stage at the legendary opera house, in Eugene Onegin and Der Rosenkavelier respectively.
Ticket prices are HUF 3,200 and HUF 4,500, with reduced rates for for up to four tickets per performance for members of the Müpa+ loyalty programme. The extent of the discounts is dependent on the Müpa+ card type held.