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Met Opera: Live in HD 2017-18 Season

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2017–18 Season Preview



Puccini's Tosca


7 April 2018 (SAT) 2:20pm, UA Cine Times
2018年 4月7日(星期六)下午2時20分, UA Cine Times


29 April 2018 (SUN) 7:50pm, The Grand@Elements
2018年 4月29日(星期日)下午7時50分, The Grand@Elements


12 May 2018 (SAT) 5:30pm, Bethanie Theatre


19 May 2018 (SAT) 3:35pm, AMC Pacific Place
2018年 5月19日(星期六)下午3時35分, AMC Pacific Place


23 June 2018 (SAT) 3:35pm, MOViE MOViE Cityplaza
2018年6月23日(星期六)下午3時35分, MOViE MOViE Cityplaza

14 July 2018 (SAT) 5:30pm, Bethanie Theatre

18 October 2018 (Thu) 7:00pm, JC Cube, Tai Kwun

Sir David McVicar’s ravishing new production offers a splendid backdrop for extraordinary sopranos playing the title role of the jealous prima donna: Sonya Yoncheva. Vittorio Grigolo is in the role of Tosca’s revolutionary artist lover Cavaradossi, with Željko Lučić as the depraved police chief Scarpia. Emmanuel Villaume conducts.




Donizetti's L'Elisir d'Amore


27 May 2018 (SUN) 7:50 pm, The Grand@Elements
2018年 5月27日(星期日)下午7時50分, The Grand@Elements


7 July 2018 (SAT) 6:00pm, Bethanie Theatre

8 November 2018 (Thu) 7:00pm, JC Cube, Tai Kwun

Pretty Yende debuts a new role at the Met with her first Adina opposite Matthew Polenzani, who enthralled Met audiences as Nemorino in 2013 with his ravishing “Una furtiva lagrima.” Bartlett Sher’s production is charming, with deft comedic timing, but also emotionally revealing. Domingo Hindoyan conducts.




Puccini's La Bohème


2 June 2018 (SAT) 2:20 pm, UA Cine Times
2018年6月2日(星期六)下午2時20分, UA Cine Times


26 August 2018 (SUN) 7:50 pm, The Grand@Elements
2018年 8月26日(星期日)下午7時50分, The Grand@Elements


1 September 2018 (SAT) 5:30pm, Bethanie Theatre

20 September 2018 (Thu) 7:00pm, JC Cube, Tai Kwun

The world’s most popular opera returns in Franco Zeffirelli’s classic production, with a series of exciting casts. Sonya Yonchevasings the role of the fragile Mimì, with Michael Fabiano as the poet Rodolfo. Marco Armiliato conducts.





21 July 2018 (SAT) 2:20 pm, UA Cine Times
2018年 7月21日 (星期六)下午2時20分, UA Cine Times


18 August 2018 (SAT) 3:00pm, Asia Society
2018年8月18日 (星期六)下午3時正, 亞洲文化協會
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23 September 2018 (SAT) 7:50 pm, The Grand@Elements
2018年 9月23日 (星期六)下午7時50分, The Grand@Elements

13 October 2018 (SAT) 5:00pm, Bethanie Theatre

A winning cast comes together for Phelim McDermott’s clever vision of Mozart’s comedy about the sexes, set in a carnival-esque, funhouse environment inspired by 1950s Coney Island—complete with bearded ladies, fire eaters, and a Ferris wheel. Manipulating the action are the Don Alfonso of Christopher Maltman and the Despina of Tony Award–winner Kelli O’Hara, with Amanda Majeski, Serena Malfi, Ben Bliss, and Adam Plachetka as the pairs of young lovers who test each other’s faithfulness. David Robertson conducts.





Verdi's Luisa Miller


25 August 2018 (SAT) 3:20 pm, AMC Pacific Place
2018年8月25日(星期六)下午3時20分, AMC Pacific Place


9 September 2018 (SUN) 3:20 pm, MOViE MOViE Cityplaza
2018年9月9日(星期日)下午3時20分, MOViE MOViE Cityplaza


6 October 2018 (SAT) 5:00pm, Bethanie Theatre


28 October 2018 (SUN) 7:50pm, The Grand@Elements
2018年10月28日(星期日)下午7時50分, The Grand@Elements

10 November 2018 (SAT) 5:00pm, Bethanie Theatre

Plácido Domingo adds yet another role to his legendary Met career in this rarely performed Verdi gem, a heart-wrenching tragedy of fatherly love. Sonya Yoncheva sings the title role opposite Piotr Beczała in the first Met performances of the opera in more than ten years. Bertrand de Billy conducts.




Massenet's Cendrillon


15 September 2018 (SAT) 2:30 pm, UA Cine Times
2018年9月15日(星期六)下午2時30分, UA Cine Times


29 September 2018 (SAT) 3:50 pm, AMC Pacific Place
2018年9月29日(星期六)下午3時50分, AMC Pacific Place


27 October 2018 (SAT) 3:50 pm, MOViE MOViE Cityplaza
2018年10月27日(星期六)下午3時50分, MOViE MOViE Cityplaza


3 November 2018 (SAT) 5:30pm, Bethanie Theatre

25 November 2018 (SUN) 7:50 pm, The Grand@Elements
2018年11月25日(星期日)下午7時50分, The Grand@Elements

1 December 2018 (SAT) 5:30pm, Bethanie Theatre

31 January 2019 (Thu) 7:00pm, JC Cube, Tai Kwun

“Glorious,” raved the New York Times when Joyce DiDonato sang the title role of Cendrillon at the Royal Opera in 2011. “Her performance was thoroughly enchanting.” Now, for the first time ever, Massenet’s sumptuous take on the Cinderella story comes to the Met, with DiDonato starring in the title role. She is paired with mezzo-soprano Alice Coote in the trouser role of Prince Charming, Kathleen Kim as the Fairy Godmother, and Stephanie Blythe as the imperious Madame de la Haltière. Bertrand de Billy conducts Laurent Pelly’s imaginative storybook production.



The MET's Documentary The Opera House
(Special screening)

記錄片《星塵誕生:大都會歌劇院》 (特別放映)

21 October 2018 (SUN) 7:50pm, The Grand@Elements
2018年10月21日(星期日)下午7時50分, The Grand@Elements

The Opera House, a new film by multiple Emmy Award–winning documentary filmmaker Susan Froemke, surveys a remarkable period of the Metropolitan Opera’s rich history and a time of great change for New York. Drawing on rarely seen archival footage, stills, and recent interviews, the film chronicles the creation of the Met’s storied home of the last 50 years, against the backdrop of the artists, architects, and politicians who shaped the cultural life of New York City in the ’50s and ’60s. Amongst the notable figures in the film are famed soprano Leontyne Price, who opened the new Met in 1966 in Samuel Barber’s Anthony and Cleopatra; Rudolf Bing, the Met’s imperious General Manager, who engineered the move from the old house to the new one; Robert Moses, the unstoppable city planner who bulldozed an entire neighborhood to make room for Lincoln Center; and Wallace Harrison, whose quest for architectural glory was never fully realized.




Verdi's Il Trovatore   "SPECIAL ENCORE"

威爾第《遊吟詩人》 " 特別安哥"

11 February 2018 (SUN) 7:50 pm, The Grand@Elements
2018年2月11日(星期日)下午7時50分, The Grand@Elements


In memory of Dmitri Hvorostovsky, a special encore of his last staged performance - Il Trovatore - is shown on cinema screens again. Soprano Anna Netrebko continues her journey into the dramatic Verdi repertoire as Leonora, the heroine who sacrifices her own life for the love of the gypsy troubadour. Tenor Yonghoon Lee sings the ill-fated Manrico, baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky is his rival, and mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick is the mysterious gypsy. Marco Armiliato conducts.




Bellini's Norma


20 January 2018 (SAT) 3:35 pm, AMC Pacific Place
2018年1月20日(星期六)下午3時35分, AMC Pacific Place


5 May 2018 (SAT) 5:00pm, Bethanie Theatre

9 June 2018 (SAT) 5:00pm, Bethanie Theatre

28 July 2018 (SAT) 4:00pm, Asia Society
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“Ponselle, Milanov, Sutherland, Callas … after last night, Radvanovsky can add her name to the list,” declared the Huffington Post when Sondra Radvanovsky made her Met role debut as Norma in 2013. The 2017–18 season opens with a new production of Bellini’s masterpiece, starring Radvanovsky as the Druid priestess and Joyce DiDonato as her archrival, Adalgisa—a casting coup for bel canto fans. Tenor Joseph Calleja is Pollione, Norma’s unfaithful lover, and Carlo Rizzi conducts. Sir David McVicar’s evocative production sets the action deep in a Druid forest where nature and ancient ritual rule.

當桑德拉·雷瓦諾夫斯基在2013年以諾爾瑪完成她的大都會歌劇院角色初次登台時,赫芬頓郵報說「龐賽兒、米蘭路夫、蘇德蘭、卡拉斯 … 昨夜之後,雷瓦諾夫斯基可以與他們齊名」。2017–18季以貝里尼的傑作開場,全新製作,由雷瓦諾夫斯基飾演德魯伊的女祭司長,喬伊斯·迪多納托擔任她的對手阿達爾吉莎—喜愛傳統美聲唱法的人一定不能錯過。男高音約瑟夫.卡列加飾演波霖內,諾爾瑪不忠的愛人,並由卡洛·瑞茲指揮。大衛·麥克維卡爵士逼真的製作,讓這齣戲在充滿自然和古老儀式氛圍的德魯伊森林深處上演。



Adès's The Exterminating Angel


18 March 2018 (SUN) 7:50pm, The Grand@Elements
2018年 3月18日(星期日)下午7時50分, The Grand@Elements 


8 April 2018 (SUN) 4:10pm, AMC Pacific Place
2018年4月8日(星期日)下午4時10分, AMC Pacific Place


20 May 2018 (SUN) 4:10pm, MOViE MOViE Cityplaza
2018年5月20日(星期日)下午4時10分, MOViE MOViE Cityplaza

16 June 2018 (SAT) 6:00pm, Bethanie Theatre

11 August 2018 (SAT) 4:00pm, Asia Society
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Following the rapturous response to his last opera, The Tempest, the Met presents the American premiere of Thomas Adès’s The Exterminating Angel, inspired by the classic Luis Buñuel film of the same name. Hailed by the New York Times at its 2016 Salzburg Festival premiere as “inventive and audacious … a major event,” The Exterminating Angel is a surreal fantasy about a dinner party from which the guests can’t escape. Tom Cairns, who wrote the libretto, directs the new production, and Adès conducts his own adventurous new opera.

繼他上一齣歌劇暴風雨獲得排山倒海的好評,大都會歌劇院獻上托馬斯·阿德斯泯滅天使的美國首演,這齣戲的靈感來自路易斯·布紐爾的同名經典電影。在2016年薩爾茲堡音樂節首演時獲得紐約時報「創新又大膽 … 是件大事」的好評,泯滅天使是關於一場晚宴中賓客無法離開的超現實主義幻想。撰寫劇本的湯姆·凱恩斯指導此次全新製作,由阿德斯本人指揮他這齣充滿冒險性質的新歌劇。



Rossini's Semiramide


8 September 2018 (SAT) 5:00pm, Bethanie Theatre

This masterpiece of dazzling vocal fireworks makes a rare Met appearance—its first in nearly 25 years—with Maurizio Benini on the podium. The all-star bel canto cast features Angela Meade in the title role of the murderous Queen of Babylon, who squares off in breathtaking duets with Arsace, a trouser role sung by Elizabeth DeShong. Javier Camarena, Ildar Abdrazakov, and Ryan Speedo Green complete the stellar cast.



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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