The season-opening gala performance of Eugene Onegin on September 23 was seen live on giant screens in Lincoln Center Plaza and Times Square. Mezzo-soprano Alice Coote, who sings the leading role in the Met premiere of Two Boys in October, and Nico Muhly, the composer of this acclaimed new opera, hosted the transmission. Here are some images from the pre-show and intermissions.

  • Coote (right) with soprano Sondra Radvanovsky, who stars in the title role of Bellini's Norma, which opens September 30.

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  • Coote interviews artist William Kentridge, whose production of Shostakovich's The Nose returns to the Met on September 28.

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  • Muhly with legendary singer-songwriter Patti Smith

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  • Susanna Phillips, Isabel Leonard, and Danielle de Niese (from left), currently starring in Così fan tutte, speak with Coote on the Grand Tier during intermission.

    Photo: Ken Howard/Met Opera
  • Muhly interviews Tony Award-winning directors Michael Mayer, whose acclaimed staging of Rigoletto returns in November, and Susan Stroman, who will direct a new production of Lehár's The Merry Widow next season.

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  • Coote and Muhly backstage with Bartlett Sher, the director of Two Boys

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  • Coote interviewed tenor Piotr Beczala, who sang Lenski in Eugene Onegin, right after his "death" on stage in Act II.

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  • Muhly with baritone Mariusz Kwiecien, who sang Onegin...

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  • ...and with soprano Anna Netrebko, who sang Tatiana.

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  • The gala performance was transmitted live to giant screens in Times Square (seen here) and Lincoln Center Plaza.

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  • After the performance, the cast took a bow on the Met balcony for the plaza audience.

    Photo: Ken Howard/Met Opera