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Met Opera: Live in HD 2016-17 Season

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2016–17 Season Preview



Dvořák's Rusalka

德弗札克 《露莎卡》

27 May 2017 (SAT) 3:10 pm, UA Cine Times
2017年 5月27日(星期六)下午3時10分, UA Cine Times


11 June 2017 (SUN) 5:00 pm, Bethanie
2017年 6月11日(星期日)下午5時00分, 伯大尼


18 June 2017 (SUN) 7:50 pm, The Grand@Elements
2017年 6月18日(星期日)下午7時50分, The Grand@Elements


8 July 2017 (SAT) 5:30 pm, Bethanie
2017年 7月8日(星期六)下午5時30分, 伯大尼


Kristine Opolais stars in the role that helped launch her international career, the mythical Rusalka, who sings the haunting “Song to the Moon.” Mary Zimmerman brings her wondrous theatrical imagination to Dvořák’s fairytale of love and longing, rejection and redemption. Brandon Jovanovich, Jamie Barton, Katarina Dalayman, and Eric Owens complete the all-star cast, and Mark Elder conducts.

姬詩汀.奧浦莉詩將再次演出將她推上國際舞台的奇幻角色 - 露莎卡,並唱出懾人心魄的「月之頌」。瑪麗‧辛默曼為德弗札克這個愛與渴望、拒絕和贖罪的神話故事灌注其獨特的想像。此劇陣容包括布蘭登‧喬瓦諾維奇、潔米‧巴頓、卡塔琳娜.達拉伊曼和艾瑞克‧歐文,樂團由馬克.艾爾德指揮。




Verdi's La Traviata

威爾第 《茶花女》

25 June 2017 (SUN) 2:30 pm, UA Cine Times
2017年6月25日(星期日)下午2時30分, UA Cine Times


9 July 2017 (SUN) 5:30 pm, Bethanie
2017年7月9日(星期日)下午5時30分, 伯大尼


13 August 2017 (SUN) 7:50pm, The Grand@Elements
2017年8月13日(星期日)下午7時50分, The Grand@Elements


9 September 2017 (SAT) 6:00pm, Bethanie
2017年9月9日(星期六)下午6時00分, 伯大尼

17 September 2017 (SUN) 4:00pm, AMC Pacific Place
2017年9月17日(星期日)下午4時00分, AMC Pacific Place


Sonya Yoncheva sings one of opera’s most beloved heroines, the tragic courtesan Violetta, a role in which she triumphed on the Met stage in 2015, opposite Michael Fabiano as her lover, Alfredo, and Thomas Hampson as his father, Germont. Nicola Luisotti conducts.




Mozart's Idomeneo

莫扎特 《依多美尼歐》

23 July 2017 (SUN) 3:10 pm, UA Cine Times
2017年7月23日(星期日)下午3時10分, UA Cine Times


10 September 2017 (SUN) 5:00 pm, Bethanie
2017年9月10日(星期日)下午5時00分, 伯大尼


24 September 2017 (SUN) 7:00 pm, The Grand@Elements
2017年9月24日(星期日)下午7時00分, The Grand@Elements


Mozart’s first operatic masterpiece returns to the Met in the classic Jean-Pierre Ponnelle production, conducted by Music Director James Levine. The superb ensemble includes Matthew Polenzani as the king torn by a rash vow, mezzo-soprano Alice Coote in the trouser role of his noble son Idamante, soprano Nadine Sierra as Ilia, and soprano Elza van den Heever as the volatile Elettra, who loves Idamante to the bounds of madness.



Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin


19 August 2017 (SAT) 2:50 pm, UA Cine Times
2017年8月19日(星期六)下午2時50分, UA Cine Times


7 October 2017 (SAT) 5:30 pm, Bethanie
2017年10月7日(星期六)下午5時30分, 伯大尼


12 November 2017 (SUN) 5:30 pm, Bethanie
2017年11月12日(星期日)下午5時30分, 伯大尼


Tchaikovsky’s setting of Pushkin’s timeless verse novel is presented on the Met stage in Deborah Warner’s moving production, starring Anna Netrebko and Peter Mattei as Tatiana and Onegin. Alexey Dolgov sings the role of Lenski, and Robin Ticciati conducts.


Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier

史特勞斯 《玫瑰騎士》

8 October 2017 (SUN) 5:00 pm, Bethanie
2017年10月8日(星期日)下午5時00分, 伯大尼


22 October 2017 (SUN) 7:00 pm, The Grand@Elements
2017年10月22日(星期日)下午7時00分, The Grand@Elements


11 November 2017 (SAT) 5:00 pm, Bethanie
2017年11月11日(星期六)下午5時00分, 伯大尼


The dream cast of Renée Fleming as the Marschallin and Elīna Garanča as Octavian star in Strauss’s grandest opera. In his new production, Robert Carsen, the director behind the Met’s recent Falstaff, places the action at the end of the Habsburg Empire, underscoring the opera’s subtext of class and conflict against a rich backdrop of gilt and red damask, in a staging that also stars Günther Groissböck as Baron Ochs. Sebastian Weigle conducts the sparklingly perfect score.


Wagner's Tristan und Isolde


19 February 2017 (SUN) 6:30pm, The Grand@Elements
2017年 2月19日(星期日)下午6時30分, The Grand@Elements 


11 March 2017 (SAT) 5:00pm, Bethanie
2017年3月11日(星期六)下午5時00分, 伯大尼 


Tristan und Isolde opens the Met season in a new production by Mariusz Treliński (the director responsible for last season’s double bill of Iolanta and Bluebeard’s Castle), and will be well served by a cast of outstanding Wagnerians: Nina Stemme as Isolde, Stuart Skelton as Tristan, Ekaterina Gubanova as Brangäne, and René Pape as King Marke. Simon Rattle conducts in one of his rare appearance at the Met.



Mozart's Don Giovanni


15 January 2017 (SUN) 3:20pm, AMC Pacific Place
2017年 1月15日(星期日)下午3時20分, AMC Pacific Place


5 March 2017 (SUN) 7:50pm, The Grand@Elements
2017年 3月5日(星期日)下午7時50分, The Grand@Elements


12 March 2017 (SUN) 5:30pm, Bethanie
2017年 3月12日(星期日)下午5時30分, 伯大尼


1 April 2017 (SAT) 6:00pm, Bethanie
2017年4月1日(星期六)下午6時00分, 伯大尼


Charismatic singer Simon Keenlyside sings the role of the title hero, who goes to hell in a dazzling coup de théâtre. The ensemble of great Mozartean singers includes Hibla Gerzmava, Malin Byström, Serena Malfi and Adam Plachetka. Fabio Luisi conducts.



Saariaho's L’ Amour de Loin


26 March 2017 (SUN) 4:00 pm, AMC Pacific Place
2017年 3月26日(星期日)下午4時00分, AMC Pacific Place


21 May 2017 (SUN) 5:30 pm, Bethanie
2017年 5月21日(星期日)下午5時30分, 伯大尼


Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho’s breakthrough opera was described by the New York Times as “transfixing…a lushly beautiful score.” Commissioned by the Salzburg Festival, where it was first seen in 2000, it will now finally have its Metropolitan Opera premiere in a dazzling new production by Robert Lepage, featuring glimmering ribbons of LED lights that extend across the length of the stage and over the orchestra pit. Eric Owens is the knight on a quest of love and Susanna Phillips is his lover on the other side of the sea. Conductor Susanna Mälkki makes her Met debut.





Gounod's Roméo et Juliette

古諾 《羅密歐與茱麗葉》

23 April 2017 (SUN) 3:00 pm, UA Cine Times
2017年4月23日(星期日)下午3時00分, UA Cine Times


14 May 2017 (SUN) 3:40 pm, AMC Pacific Place
2017年 5月14日(星期日)下午3時40分, AMC Pacific Place


20 May 2017 (SAT) 6:00 pm, Bethanie
2017年5月20日(星期六)下午6時00分, 伯大尼


28 May 2017 (SUN) 7:50 pm, The Grand@Elements
2017年 5月28日(星期日)下午7時50分, The Grand@Elements


When Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo starred opposite each other in Manon at the Met in 2015, the New York Times said, “the temperature rises nearly to boiling every time Damrau and Grigolo are on stage together.” Now they’re back as opera’s classic lovers, in Gounod’s lush Shakespeare adaptation. The production, by director Bartlett Sher, has already won acclaim for its vivid 18th-century milieu and stunning costumes during runs at Salzburg and La Scala. Gianandrea Noseda conducts the sumptuous score.

戴安娜.戴姆勞與維托里奧•格里高洛在2015年演出 《曼儂》時,紐約時報曾評論「每一次他們同時出現,舞台的溫度就幾近沸騰。」現在,這兩人將在古諾改編自莎士比亞名著的歌劇中,演出經典情侶羅密歐與茱麗葉。由導演巴特萊•謝爾製作的《羅密歐與茱麗葉》已經以其鮮活的十八世紀背景和炫目的戲服,在薩爾斯堡和斯卡拉大劇院演出期間大獲好評。華麗的配樂由賈南德雷亞‧諾賽德執指揮棒。


Verdi's Nabucco

威爾第 《納布果》

25 March 2017 (SAT) 2:20pm, UA Cine Times
2017年 3月25日(星期六)下午2時20分, UA Cine Times


2 April 2017 (SUN) 5:30pm, Bethanie
2017年 4月2日(星期日)下午5時30分, 伯大尼


9 April 2017 (SUN) 4:00pm, AMC Pacific Place
2017年 4月9日(星期日)下午4時00分, AMC Pacific Place


30 April 2017 (SUN) 7:50pm, The Grand@Elements
2017年4月30日(星期日)下午7時50分, The Grand@Elements


10 June 2017 (SAT) 6:00 pm, Bethanie
2017年6月10日(星期六)下午6時00分, 伯大尼

The legendary Plácido Domingo brings another new baritone role to the Met under the baton of his longtime collaborator James Levine. Liudmyla Monastyrska is Abigaille, the warrior woman determined to rule empires, and Jamie Barton is the heroic Fenena. Dmitri Belosselskiy is the stentorian voice of the oppressed Hebrew people.



South China Morning Post
Ninth Hong Kong cinema to screen opera broadcasts from New York Met as audience reaches ‘critical mass’

City’s appetite for Western opera has evolved enormously, says head of the foundation behind screenings from Met, and the audience is younger than in many other places

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 14 March, 2017, 5:00pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 15 March, 2017, 5:59pm

The Asia Society’s Miller Theatre is to become the ninth Hong Kong venue to screen The Met: Live in HD broadcasts as local appetite for opera continues to grow, says its organiser.

New York’s Metropolitan Opera started beaming its high-definition telecasts to selected cinemas in 2006. They are now viewed either live or, as is necessary in Hong Kong, delayed, at more than 2,000 venues in 70 countries.

Laurence Scofield, chairman of the non-profit organisation Foundation for the Arts and Music in Asia (Fama), which is responsible for the Hong Kong screenings, says Western opera now has a growing following in the city.

“Hong Kong is at a point of critical mass,” he says.“For all the fine arts you need a certain educational standard and level of socio-economic development. Hong Kong is at that point. It has evolved enormously, I’d say, in the last generation. People are pretty sophisticated and looking for new cultural experiences.”

The Miller Theatre is the latest to be added to a cluster of screening venues that include The Grand at Elements, AMC Pacific Place, and Bethanie in Pok Fu Lam. Appropriately the theatre in Admiralty will be showing three works set in Asia – Bizet’s Les Pecheurs de Perles and Puccini’s Turandot and Madama Butterfly.

Scofield believes that Hong Kong’s audience for opera has now become sophisticated enough to be receptive to more challenging and less familiar works.

“Two years ago the Arts Festival brought in Philip Glass’ Einstein on the Beach. Talk about tangential – it’s way-out minimalism,” says Scofield. “But how could you do Einstein on the Beach unless the audience was developing? They are. The audience here is getting a lot more sophisticated, adventurous, aware.”

Fama was established in 2009 to promote Western vocal classical music, and opera in particular, around the region. Its initiatives have included a movable auditorium called the “Pop Up Opera” and programmes of talks and lectures in schools and universities.

“We built a luxury cinema inside a tent, which has travelled all around Hong Kong showing music programmes in low-income districts. That has been very gratifying, because it has given some of the people who’ve gone into that tent their first experience of Western classical music,” says Scofield.

Partly, perhaps, because of FAMA’s initiatives in universities and schools and campaigns on social media, Scofield says that, in Hong Kong, opera is appealing to a younger demographic than is typical internationally.

Among the music education initiatives Fama supports is an Opera Club at the Hong Kong International School, and The Met: Live in HD Student Programme, which shows productions on the campuses of the University of Hong Kong, Baptist University, City University and the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.

“It has been very popular on the university campuses. People are looking for new cultural experiences and they don’t have preconceived ideas. In the UK, the US or Europe people have fixed ideas about opera. In Asia it’s very different. There’s more openness. A lot of people enjoy it and the audience is growing,” says Scofield.

Although Scofield concedes that watching a high-quality video production cannot replace the experience of attending a genuinely great live performance, he believes it can engage the interest of an audience more fully than a less than great one.

For reasons of costs and logistics, he argues, live opera in Hong Kong often falls short of the highest standards, but in The Met: Live in HD screenings, the all-important synthesis of music and drama which is the essence of opera is reliably achieved.

The programme, for which tickets cost a maximum of HK$210 per screening as opposed to the several hundred US dollars good seats cost in New York, makes getting an education in the art form affordable.

Although The Met: Live in HD tends to present fairly well known operas – this season’s productions include Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, Verdi’s Nabucco and La Traviata, Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin and Dvorak’s Rusalka – there is also a modern work.

Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho’s 2000 opera L’Amour De Loin will feature Eric Owens, Susanna Phillips and Tamara Mumford in the principal roles. It will be screened on Sunday, March 26 at 4pm at AMC Pacific Place and on Sunday, May 21 at 5.30pm at Bethanie.

“Peter Gelb, the general manager, when he came to the Met 11 years ago decided that he was going to bring in some contemporary opera,” says Scofield. “It’s taken him 11 years, but it has now arrived and it’s a very beautiful work.”

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Miller Theatre on song for opera telecasts



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