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The Met: Live in HD 2010-11 season to kick off with Wagner

6 October 2010

The descent to Nibelheim from The Met's new production of ‘Das Rheingold’
The descent to Nibelheim from The Met's new production of ‘Das Rheingold’(Photo: Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera)

The Metropolitan Opera's fifth season of award-winning live relay transmissions, The Met: Live in HD, will be launched on 9 October with Wagner’s Das Rheingold.

This new production by Robert Lepage is the first instalment in a much-awaited Ring cycle that will be presented over the next two seasons, culminating in three complete cycles in April 2012.

Conducted by James Levine, the production features a star-studded cast led by Bryn Terfel as Wotan. Its complex set uses advanced technology that is said to be The Met’s most challenging staging ever.

“The Ring isn’t just a story or a series of operas,” says Lepage, “it’s a cosmos. I try to be extremely respectful of Wagner’s storytelling, but in a modern context.”

The Met: Live in HD 2010-11 season is expected to reach 1500 cinemas in 46 countries. Visit Picturehouse and Showcase Cinemas for details of UK screenings.

The November/December 2010 issue of Opera Now will include a cover feature about opera in cinema by Editor, Ashutosh Khandekar.


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