The season of broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera begins. Featuring Anna Netrebko, Joyce DiDonato and Yusif Ayvazov

18 October 2019, 1:00
The season of broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera begins. Featuring Anna Netrebko, Joyce DiDonato and Yusif Ayvazov

Tomorrow, another season of broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera begins at the Scala University Cinema. The Metropolitan Opera in New York is launching a programme of live broadcasting into cinemas for the 2019/20 season. Ten productions are directed to Czech cinemas, five of which are new. Opera productions such as Tosca, Turandot or Madama Butterfly will be available for viewing.  New pieces include Porgy and Bess by George Gershwin and Akhnaten by Philip Glass. The broadcast season will begin with Puccini's Turandot featuring soprano Christine Goerke and conducted by  Yannick Nézet-Séguin,  music director of the Met.

In the upcoming broadcasts, spectators can also look forward to opera stars such as soprano Anna Netrebko, Yusif Eyvazov, mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, soprano Diana Damrau, baritone Peter Mattei or bass-baritone Sir Bryn Terfel. The first broadcast will take place tomorrow October 19 at 18:45 hours at the Scala cinema.

Among the novelties on the repertoire there is, for example, a contemporary opera work Akhnaten written by composer Philip Glass. Peter Mattei takes on the title role in Berg's opera Wozzeck. A masterpiece of opera expressionism is a new production of the well-known artist and successful director William Kentridge. The orchestra will be conducted by the aforementioned Yannick Nézet-Séguin.         

After nearly three decades, the opera Porgy and Bess by George Gershwin, a work that managed to link American jazz and European opera tradition, returns to the stage of the Metropolitan Opera. Directed by James Robinson, the title roles are played by Eric Owens and Angel Blue under the direction of David Robertson. For the first time in its history,  Met will present Handel's opera Agrippina with Joyce DiDonato in the title role. This satirical work on sex, power and politics has been modernized this time. Wagner's Flying Dutchman with Sir Bryn Terfel in the title role will be the last new production to be watched live.                

In addition to the classical work Turandot, Manon, a masterpiece of the French opera written by Jules Massenet, will also be performed. Anna Netrebko will perform in the title role of another Puccini's classic, Tosca. Diana Damrau and Jamie Barton compete with one another in the tragic story of the Scottish queen Maria Stuarda, the second part of Donizetti's Tudor trilogy.

Dates of live broadcasts of the 2019/2020 season:

Saturday 19 October 2019 – TURANDOT  

Saturday 26 October 2019 – MANON

Saturday 9 November 2019 – MADAMA BUTTERFLY  

Saturday 23 November 2019 – ACHNATON  

Saturday 11 January 2020 – WOZZECK

Saturday 1 February 2020 – PORGY AND BESS  

Saturday 29 February 2020 – AGRIPPINA

Saturday 14 March 2020 – FLYING DUTCHMAN Saturday April 11, 2020 - TOSCA

Saturday May 9, 2020 – MARIA STUARDA  

Manon/ photo from MET web

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