2014 Summer HD Festival: Free Ten Day Festival Beginning August 22 at Lincoln Center Plaza

    August 22, 2014 – September 1, 2014 all-day
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    2014 Summer HD Festival

    Free Ten Day Festival Beginning August 22 at Lincoln Center Plaza

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    Special Screening


    Directed by Norman Jewison (1987)

    Friday, August 22, 8 pm

    “Meet me at the Met,” declares Ronny Cammareri, portrayed by Nicholas Cage. “Where’s the Met?” replies Loretta Castorini, played by Cher in an Oscar-winning turn. Seldom has an opera house played such a central role in the movies as the Met does in Norman Jewison’s Moonstruck. The combination of Puccini’s score for La Bohème, which provides a musical through-line for the film, and the emotional power of a Met performance are essential to the film’s success. Moonstruck was nominated for five Academy Awards, winning three: Olympia Dukakis for Best Supporting Actress, John Patrick Shanley for Best Original Screenplay, and Cher for Best Actress.

    A co-presentation of the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Metropolitan Opera

    Running time: 1 hour 45 minutes


    Puccini’s La BohèmeOpera Singer

    Saturday, August 23, 8 pm

    Franco Zeffirelli’s classic production of Puccini’s tale of tragic young love in 19th-century Paris is ideally served with a cast led by Kristine Opolais as the frail Mimì, Vittorio Grigolo as the poet Rodolfo who loves her, and Susanna Phillips as the flirty Musetta.

    Conductor: Stefano Ranzani; Production: Franco Zeffirelli; Kristine Opolais, Vittorio Grigolo, Susanna Phillips, Massimo Cavalletti

    Running time: 2 hours
    (Original transmission: Saturday, April 5, 2014)


    Borodin’s Prince Igor

    Sunday, August 24, 7:15 pm

    Borodin’s Russian epic returned to the Met for the first time in a century in Dmitri Tcherniakov’s brilliant new production. Ildar Abdrazakov stars in the monumental title role, with Gianandrea Noseda conducting.

    Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda; Production: Dmitri Tcherniakov; Ildar Abdrazakov, Mikhail Petrenko, Sergey Semishkur, Vladimir Ognovenko, Andrey Popov

    Running time: 3 hours 10 minutes
    (Original transmission: Saturday, March 1, 2014)


    Shostakovich’s The Nose

    Monday, August 25, 8 pm

    Acclaimed artist William Kentridge stormed the Met with his inventive production of Shostakovich’s opera, based on Gogol’s surreal short story. Paulo Szot stars as the bureaucrat in search of his missing nose.

    Conductor: Pavel Smelkov; Production: William Kentridge; Paulo Szot, Andrey Popov, Alexander Lewis

    Running time: 2 hours
    (Original transmission: Saturday, October 26, 2013)


    Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra

    Tuesday, August 26, 8 pm

    More than four decades into a legendary Met career, tenor Plácido Domingo took on the baritone title role of Verdi’s dark drama in 2010, conducted by James Levine. Adrianne Pieczonka, Marcello Giordani, and James Morris co-star.

    Conductor: James Levine; Production: Giancarlo del Monaco; Adrianne Pieczonka, Marcello Giordani, Plácido Domingo

    Running time: 2 hours 20 minutes
    (Original transmission: Saturday, Februrary 6, 2010)


    Verdi’s Falstaff

    Wednesday, August 27, 8 pm

    James Levine conducts Robert Carsen’s acclaimed new production, starring Ambrogio Maestri in the title role. The stellar ensemble cast includes Angela Meade as Alice and Stephanie Blythe as Mrs. Quickly.

    Conductor: James Levine; Production: Robert Carsen; Carlo Bosi, Ambrogio Maestri, Keith Jameson, Christian Van Horn

    Running time: 2 hours
    (Original transmission: Saturday, December 14, 2013)


    Dvořák’s Rusalka

    Thursday, August 28, 7:45 pm

    Renée Fleming stars in one of her signature roles, singing the enchanting “Song to the Moon” in Dvořák’s soulful fairy tale. Piotr Beczala is the Prince, Dolora Zajick sings Ježibaba, and Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts.

    Conductor: Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Production: Otto Schenk; Renée Fleming, Piotr Beczala, Dolora Zajick, Alek Shrader, Simon Keenlyside

    Running time: 2 hours 40 minutes
    (Original transmission: Saturday, February 8, 2014)


    Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore

    Friday, August 29, 8 pm

    Anna Netrebko stars as Adina in Bartlett Sher’s charming production, opposite Matthew Polenzani as the love-struck Nemorino. Ambrogio Maestri is the quack doctor Dulcamara, and Mariusz Kwiecien sings Belcore.

    Conductor: Maurizio Benini; Production: Bartlett Sher; Anna Netrebko, Matthew Polenzani, Mariusz Kwiecien, Ambrogio Maestri

    Running time: 2 hours
    (Original transmission: Saturday, October 13, 2012)


    Donizetti’s Don Pasquale

    Saturday, August 30, 8 pm

    James Levine conducts Donizetti’s beloved comedy, with Anna Netrebko leading the cast as Norina. Mariusz Kwiecien is the resourceful Doctor Malatesta, Matthew Polenzani is Ernesto, Norina’s lover, and John Del Carlo sings the title role.

    Conductor: James Levine; Production: Otto Schenk; Anna Netrebko, Matthew Polenzani, Mariusz Kwiecien, John Del Carlo

    Running time: 2 hours, 20 minutes
    (Original transmission: Saturday, November 13, 2010)


    Massenet’s Werther

    Sunday, August 31, 8 pm

    Jonas Kaufmann stars as the tortured poet of the title in Massenet’s adaptation of Goethe, as seen in Richard Eyre’s new production. Sophie Koch sings Charlotte and Alain Altinoglu conducts.

    Conductor: Alain Altinoglu; Production: Richard Eyre; Sophie Koch, Lisette Oropesa, Jonathan Summers, Jonas Kaufmann

    Running time: 2 hours 15 minutes
    (Original transmission: Saturday, March 15, 2014)


    Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin

    Monday, September 1, 7:45 pm

    Anna Netrebko and Mariusz Kwiecien are Tatiana and Onegin in Tchaikovsky’s fateful romance, opposite Piotr Beczala as Lenski. Russian maestro Valery Gergiev conducts Deborah Warner’s new production, which opened the Met’s 2013–14 season.

    Conductor: Valery Gergiev; Production: Anna Netrebko; Oksana Volkova, Elena Zaremba, Larissa Diadkova, Piotr Beczala, Mariusz Kwiecien

    Running time: 2 hours 40 minutes
    (Original transmission: Saturday, October 5, 2013)