The Met: Live in HD began in 2003, as a means to reach new audiences around the world who would have otherwise not had the opportunity to see an opera, let alone an opera produced by the world famous Metropolitan Opera. Given that the Met has been broadcasting live performances over the radio for the past 77 years, it was only logical to broadcast visually as well as aurally.
Where can I see The Met: Live in HD?
These high-definition broadcasts can be seen in movie theaters around the world. To find out if there is a participating theater near you, visit one of the following links: United States or Canada and all other countries.
What can I expect to see?
I've seen many performances at the Metropolitan Opera as well as Live in HD performances. Apart from the music, it's really like comparing apples to oranges. They are two very different experiences. What I like about The Met: Live in HD performances are special behind-the-scenes presentations you would not get to see if you were sitting in the actual Met Opera house. Live in HD audiences are presented with live interviews with the performers, producers, and technicians during the intermission. These interviews are often hosted by opera stars like Renee Fleming, Natalie Dessay, and Susan Graham.
The Met: Live in HD Performance Schedule
- Puccini's Tosca - Oct. 10 @ 1 PM EST.
- Verdi's Aida - Oct. 24 @ 1 PM EST.
- Puccini's Turandot - Nov. 7 @ 1 PM EST.
- Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann - Dec. 19 @ 1 PM EST.
- Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier - Jan. 9, 2010 @ 1 PM EST.
- Bizet's Carmen - Jan. 16 @ 1 PM EST.
- Verdi's Simon Boccanegra - Feb. 6 @ 1 PM EST.
- Thomas' Hamlet - Mar. 27 @ 1 PM EST.
- Rossini's Armida - May 1 @ 1 PM EST.