Summer HD Festival

The ninth Summer HD Festival features nine thrilling performances from the Met’s Live in HD series of cinema transmissions—plus a special pre-festival screening of Ingmar Bergman’s classic 1975 film version of Mozart’s The Magic Flute, a co-presentation with the Film Society of Lincoln Center. The festival runs from August 26 through September 4, with more than 3,000 seats set up in front of the opera house each night, as well as additional standing room around Lincoln Center Plaza.



Friday, August 25, 8 pm
The Magic Flute
Director Ingmar Bergman was a lifelong fan of Mozart’s late operatic masterpiece Die Zauberflöte (“The Magic Flute”), having seen the work as a young boy. He went on to create a cinematic version of the opera, sung in his native Swedish, that blends 18th-century stagecraft with fairy-tale adventure. For the film, maestro Eric Ericson conducted the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and a cast that included a number of young Scandinavian artists, most notably baritone Håkan Hagegård—who sang nearly 90 performances for Met audiences—as the charming bird catcher Papageno. A co-presentation of the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Metropolitan Opera

Approximate running time: 2 hours 15 minutes

Saturday, August 26, 8 pm
Rigoletto
Željko Lučić stars as the brooding title character in Michael Mayer’s neon-bedecked production, which updates the action to Las Vegas in 1960. Diana Damrau is his impetuous daughter Gilda alongside Piotr Beczała as the licentious Duke. Original transmission: February 16, 2013

Approximate running time: 2 hours 20 minutes

Sunday, August 27, 7:45 pm
Il Barbiere di Siviglia
Baritone Peter Mattei stars as Figaro, the title barber of Seville, in Bartlett Sher’s uproarious production. Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Flórez complete the star-studded bel canto cast. Original transmission: March 24, 2007

Approximate running time: 2 hours 45 minutes

Monday, August 28, 8 pm
L’Amour de Loin
Susanna Phillips, Tamara Mumford, and Eric Owens star in the Met premiere production of Kaija Saariaho’s 21st-century masterpiece, brought to life in a spellbinding staging by Robert Lepage. Maestro Susanna Mälkki conducts this mesmerizing score. Original transmission: December 10, 2016

Approximate running time: 2 hours 15 minutes

Tuesday, August 29, 8 pm
Manon Lescaut
Soprano Kristine Opolais gives an enthralling performance as the mercurial title character opposite tenor Roberto Alagna as her passionate young lover, the Chevalier des Grieux. Fabio Luisi leads Puccini’s heartbreaking early masterpiece. Original transmission: March 5, 2016

Approximate running time: 2 hours 10 minutes

Wednesday, August 30, 8 pm
Roberto Devereux
Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky delivers a tour-de-force performance as Queen Elizabeth, the third of Donizetti’s perilous “Three Queens,” alongside Elīna Garanča, Matthew Polenzani, and Mariusz Kwiecien. Original transmission: April 16, 2016

Approximate running time: 2 hours 30 minutes

Thursday, August 31, 8 pm (Act I) and
Friday, September 1, 8 pm (Acts II and III)
Tristan und Isolde
Sir Simon Rattle conducts Wagner’s meditation on transcendent love, with an acclaimed cast led by Nına Stemme and Stuart Skelton. Mariusz Treliński’s insightful production sets the timeless tale against a backdrop of modern-day warfare. Original transmission: October 8, 2016

Approximate running time for Act I: 1 hour 45 minutes
Approximate running time for Acts II–III: 2 hours 35 minutes

Saturday, September 2, 8 pm
Eugene Onegin
Anna Netrebko and Peter Mattei deliver gripping performances in Tchaikovsky’s moving opera about unrequited love. Robin Ticciati conducts one of the composer’s most popular scores. Original transmission: April 22, 2017

Approximate running time: 2 hours 40 minutes

Sunday, September 3, 8 pm
Nabucco
As the title king of Babylon, Plácido Domingo adds another role to his historic Met career, joining forces once again with Music Director Emeritus James Levine. The Metropolitan Opera Chorus delivers a poignant performance of Verdi’s famous “Va, pensiero.”

Original transmission: January 7, 2017

Approximate running time: 2 hours 25 minutes

Monday, September 4, 8 pm
La Traviata
Verdi’s timeless tragedy stars Sonya Yoncheva as the conflicted courtesan who hopes that pure love can save her from self-destruction. Michael Fabiano is her beloved Alfredo and Thomas Hampson is the imperious father standing in the way of their happiness. Original transmission: March 11, 2017 

Approximate running time: 2 hours 20 minutes