Metropolitan Opera Announces Summer 2024 HD Festival


The Metropolitan Opera has announced the 2024 Summer HD Festival.

the company will present HD footage at the Lincoln Center Plaza from August 23 through September 2.

The free festival will feature ten screenings of the Met’s celebrated Live in HD series and will also include a special screening of the 1998 film ‘The Red Violin’, directed by François Girard and starring Samuel L. Jackson, Greta Scacchi and Carlo Cecchi. the festival opens on August 23 at 8 p.m., co-presented with Film at Lincoln Center.

There are more than 2,500 seats available on the square for each presentation, on a first-come, first-served basis. No tickets are required and there are no rain dates.

Here is the full list of operas and start times:

Friday, August 23 at 8 p.m.: “The red violin”

Inspired by the $1.7 million sale of a Stradivarius in 1990, the film follows a mysterious violin from its creation in 17th-century Cremona to an auction block in Montreal more than three hundred years later. Along the way, the instrument follows a dangerous journey around the world and witnesses centuries of passion, heartbreak and unrest. To bring this compelling story to the big screen, director François Girard explored locations across three continents and assembled a cast of thousands, including Carlo Cecchi, Samuel L. Jackson, Greta Scacchi and Sylvia Chang.

Saturday August 24 at 7:30 PM: Gounod’s “Romeoh and Juliette”

Soprano Nadine Sierra and tenor Benjamin Bernheim perform together as the star-crossed lovers in Gounod’s Shakespeare adaptation, with music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin on stage. Bartlett Sher’s staging also features baritone Will Liverman and tenor Frederick Ballentine as arch-rivals Mercutio and Tybalt, mezzo-soprano Samantha Hankey as Stéphano and bass-baritone Alfred Walker as Frère Laurent.

Sunday August 25 at 8 p.m.: Verdi“S”Nabucco”

Baritone George Gagnidze sings the role of Nabucco, alongside Ukrainian soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska as Abigaille. Mezzo-soprano Maria Barakova and tenor SeokJong Baek are Fenena and Ismaele, and bass Dmitry Belosselskiy is the high priest Zaccaria. Daniele Callegari conducts Verdi’s early masterpiece.

Monday August 26 at 8 p.m.: Daniel Catán’s “Florencia en el Amazonas”

In the 1996 opera by Mexican composer Daniel Catán, soprano Ailyn Pérez plays the role of Florencia in a new production by Mary Zimmerman. The cast also includes Gabriella Reyes as journalist Rosalba, bass-baritone Greer Grimsley as the ship’s captain, baritone Mattia Olivieri as his first mate, tenor Mario Chang as the captain’s cousin Arcadio, and mezzo-soprano Nancy Fabiola Herrera and baritone Michael Chioldi as the quarreling couple Paula and Alvaro, with Yannick Nézet-Séguin on stage.

Tuesday, August 27 at 8 p.m.: PuccinisLa Rondine“

Soprano Angel Blue stars in Puccini’s work opposite tenor Jonathan Tetelman in his company debut as Ruggero. Maestro Speranza Scappucci conducts Nicolas Joël’s art deco-inspired staging, starring soprano Emily Pogorelc and tenor Bekhzod Davronov.

Wednesday August 28 at 7:30 PM: Jake Heggie’s ‘Dead Man Walking’

Director Ivo van Hove directs the company premiere of the work ‘Dead Man Walking’ by American composer Jake Heggie. Met music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin takes the stage, with mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato starring as Sister Helen, bass-baritone Ryan McKinny as death row inmate Joseph De Rocher, soprano Latonia Moore as Sister Rose and mezzo-soprano Susan Graham as De Rocher’s mother.

Thursday, August 29 at 7:30 PM: Mozart’s “Don Giovanni”

Director Ivo van Hove directs and Nathalie Stutzmann conducts with a cast consisting of baritone Peter Mattei as Don Giovanni, and bass-baritone Adam Plachetka. Sopranos Federica Lombardi, Ana María Martínez and Ying Fang, and tenor Ben Bliss.

Friday August 30 at 7:30 PM: Anthony Davis’ ‘X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X’

Anthony Davis’ opera is shown in a production by Robert O’Hara. Baritone Will Liverman sings Malcolm while soprano Leah Hawkins plays his mother Louise and his wife Betty. The cast also includes mezzo-soprano Raehann Bryce-Davis as his sister Ella, bass-baritone Michael Sumuel as his brother Reginald, and tenor Victor Ryan Robertson as Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad. Kazem Abdullah conducts.

Saturday August 31 at 7:30 PM: Bizets “Carmen”

English director Carrie Cracknell directs a new production of Bizet’s masterpiece with mezzo-soprano Aigul Akhmetshina, tenor Piotr Beczała, soprano Angel Blue and bass-baritone Kyle Ketelsen. Daniele Rustioni conducts.

Sunday September 1 at 7:30 PM: Verdi’s ‘La Forza del Destino’

Music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Verdi’s work with soprano Lise Davidsen. Director Mariusz Treliński directs the production with Brian Jagde as Don Alvaro, baritone Igor Golovatenko as Don Carlo, mezzo-soprano Judit Kutasi as Preziosilla, bass-baritone Patrick Carfizzi as Fra Melitone and bass Soloman Howard as both Leonora’s father and Padre Guardiano.

Monday September 2 at 8:00 PM: Puccini‘Madama Butterfly’

Asmik Grigorian sings the role of Cio-Cio-San alongside tenor Jonathan Tetelman, mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong and baritone Lucas Meachem.