2018 Summer HD Festival

The tenth Summer HD Festival features ten thrilling performances from the Met’s Live in HD series of cinema transmissions—plus a special pre-festival screening of the Marx Brothers’ zany A Night at the Opera, a co-presentation with the Film Society of Lincoln Center. The showings run from August 24 through September 3, with approximately 2,800 seats set up in front of the opera house each night, as well as additional standing room around Lincoln Center Plaza.

Cancellation Policy

Summer HD Festival screenings will go on as scheduled in the case of rain but will be canceled in the event of thunder/lightning or high wind.

Canceled screenings will not be rescheduled. Thank you for your understanding.

The Summer HD Festival is generously supported by the Robert W. Wilson Charitable Trust.

Funding also provided by the Aetna Foundation.

The Met: Live in HD series is made possible by a generous grant from its founding sponsor the Neubauer Family Foundation.

Digital support of The Met: Live in HD is provided by Bloomberg Philanthropies.

The Met: Live in HD series is supported by Rolex.

Friday, August 24, 8 pm
A Night at the Opera

The most popular of 13 films created by the legendary Marx Brothers, A Night at the Opera endures as one of the funniest comedies to ever appear on the silver screen. The straightforward plot—which follows the brothers as they try to launch the career of an aspiring Italian tenor—allows ample opportunity for their trademark hijinks, from the witty banter of the Contract Scene to the film’s raucous finale backstage at a performance of Verdi’s Il Trovatore. A co-presentation of the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Metropolitan Opera

Approximate running time: 1 hour 40 minutes

Saturday, August 25, 8 pm
Roméo et Juliette Gounod

A pair of exuberant artists, tenor Vittorio Grigolo and soprano Diana Damrau, delight as opera’s iconic star-crossed lovers. Original transmission: January 21, 2017

Approximate running time: 2 hours 30 minutes

Sunday, August 26, 7:45 pm
Norma Bellini

Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky takes on the commanding title role, alongside mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato and tenor Joseph Calleja, in Sir David McVicar’s fiery staging. Original transmission: October 7, 2017

Approximate running time: 2 hours 45 minutes

Monday, August 27, 8 pm
Elektra R. Strauss

Soprano Nina Stemme delivers a shattering performance as the deranged title princess lusting for vengeance, in Patrice Chéreau’s acclaimed production. Original transmission: April 30, 2016

Approximate running time: 1 hour 55 minutes

Tuesday, August 28, 8 pm
Il Barbiere di Siviglia Rossini

Bartlett Sher’s madcap take on this classic bel canto comedy stars baritone Christopher Maltman in the title role, mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard as the clever Rosina, and tenor Lawrence Brownlee as the ardent Count Almaviva. Original transmission: November 22, 2014

Approximate running time: 2 hours 30 minutes

Wednesday, August 29, 7:30 pm
Lulu Berg

Berg’s riveting 20th-century masterpiece bursts to life in William Kentridge’s stunning production, with soprano Marlis Petersen as the alluring yet elusive title character. Original transmission: November 21, 2015

Approximate running time: 3 hours

Thursday, August 30, 7:45 pm
Rusalka Dvořák

Mary Zimmerman’s fantastical production features soprano Kristine Opolais as the melancholy water nymph at the center of Dvořák’s dark fairy tale. Original transmission: February 25, 2017

Approximate running time: 2 hours 45 minutes

Friday, August 31, 8 pm
L’Elisir d’Amore Donizetti

Donizetti’s bubbly comedy about a spunky landowner, a hapless peasant, and the dubious love potion that may or may not bring them together stars soprano Pretty Yende and tenor Matthew Polenzani. Original transmission: February 10, 2018

Approximate running time: 2 hours 10 minutes

Saturday, September 1, 8 pm
Un Ballo in Maschera Verdi

An all-star cast—including tenor Marcelo Álvarez, soprano Sondra Radvanovsky, and the incomparable baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky—comes together for Verdi’s tragedy of love, friendship, and betrayal. Original transmission: December 8, 2012

Approximate running time: 2 hours 20 minutes

Sunday, September 2, 7:15 pm
Der Rosenkavalier R. Strauss

In Strauss’s poignant yet insightful comedy, soprano Renée Fleming and mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča lead an unforgettable performance, which also features bass Günther Groissböck and soprano Erin Morley. Original transmission: May 13, 2017

Approximate running time: 3 hours 15 minutes

Monday, September 3, 8 pm
Madama Butterfly Puccini

Anthony Minghella’s striking production stars soprano Kristine Opolais as the tragic title geisha, opposite tenor Roberto Alagna as her unfaithful American lover. Original transmission: April 2, 2016

Approximate running time: 2 hours 30 minutes