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Metropolitan Opera and NCM Fathom Events to Present the Met Live

August 26, 2013

YellowBrix

The Metropolitan Opera and NCM Fathom Events present the eighth season of "The Met: Live in HD" series in cinemas beginning Oct. 5 with Tchaikovsky's "Eugene Onegin."

According to a release, the series will feature ten live performances, including four new productions and the highly- anticipated return of Met Music Director James Levine for "Falstaff" this December and "Cosi fan tutte" next spring. Each live performance, broadcast through National CineMedia's Digital Broadcast Network, will take place on a Saturday, with pre-recorded encore presentations taking place the Wednesday evening after each live performance.

Tickets are available at participating cinema box offices and online at FathomEvents.com.

"We are pleased to once again bring an exciting mix of operas, including such popular favorites as 'Tosca' and 'La Boheme,' to opera fans across the nation and around the world," said Peter Gelb, the Met's General Manager. "This season also marks the highly- anticipated return of our Music Director, James Levine, who will conduct two of the season's HD transmissions, which should delight opera fans across the globe."

"The Met: Live in HD" 2013-2014 season will be broadcast across 169 U.S. markets and more than 650 select cinemas (the series is also shown in 100 additional independent venues). The series will premiere with a new production of Tchaikovsky's "Eugene Onegin" starring Anna Netrebko, Mariusz Kwiecien and Piotr Beczala, followed by William Kentridge's innovative production of Shostakovich's "The Nose" (Oct. 26); Puccini's classic drama "Tosca" (Nov. 9) and a new production of Verdi's "Falstaff" (Dec. 14). The series kicks off the new year with Renee Fleming in one of her signature roles, the title character in Dvoak's "Rusalka" (Feb. 8); followed by a new production of Borodin's rarely heard epic "Prince Igor" (March 1); Jonas Kaufmann and Elna Garana in a new staging by Richard Eyre of Massenet's tragic romance "Werther" (March 15); Puccini's timeless love story "La Boheme" (April 5); the first Live in HD performance of Mozart's "Cosi fan tutte" (April 26); and Rossini's Cinderella story "La Cenerentola" (May 10) concludes the season.

"Entering its eighth season in movie theaters, the Metropolitan Opera continues to offer the world's most beloved performances to audiences at Lincoln Center and cinemas nationwide through our award- winning The Met: Live in HD series," said Shelly Maxwell, executive vice president of NCM Fathom Events. "Together with the Met, Fathom Events continues to make the opera experience accessible and affordable to fans of all ages so they may sample the best of the Met's new season in the comfort of their local movie theater."

The series is made possible by a generous grant from The Neubauer Family Foundation. Global corporate sponsorship of "The Met: Live in HD" is provided by Bloomberg.

National CineMedia operates NCM Media Networks, a media company reaching U.S. consumers in movie theaters, online and through mobile technology.

Event information:

metopera.org.

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