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   11 Mar 2011

The Met: Live in HD Season begins on Saturday, 9th October with a groundbreaking new production Wagner’s Das Rheingold broadcast live to Omniplex, Swan and Screen cinemas.

Due to the phenomenal success and popularity of the previous two The Met: Live in HD seasons in Ireland, Opera Ireland in
association with Omniplex Cinemas is bringing a third season of the Metropolitan Opera’s award-wining series of live transmissions to the following Omniplex, Swan and Screen cinemas.

Omniplex Limerick
Omniplex Cork
Omniplex Tralee
Omniplex Wexford
Screen Cinemas, Dublin
Swan Cinema, Rathmines

The 2010-11 season of The Met: Live in HD features 12 transmissions, beginning on 9th October with Das Rheingold, the first installment of Robert Lepage’s groundbreaking new production of Wagner’s Ring cycle featuring Dublin-born mezzo-soprano Patricia Bardon in the role of Erda, and continuing with Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov conducted by Valery Gergiev (23rd October).

Anna Netrebko returns to the role of Norina, which made her a sensational Met star in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale (13th November), Nicholas Hytner makes his Met directorial debut with Verdi’s Don Carlo (11th December), and the new year kicks off with Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West starring Deborah Voight (8th January).

Peter Sellars makes his Met debut with John Adams’ Nixon in China (12th February), and an all-star cast including Susan Graham and Plácido Domingo return to the Met in Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride (26 February).

The Met’s hit production of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor makes a welcome come-back (19th March), before Juan Diego Flórez takes the title role of the Met’s premiere production of Rossini’s Le Comte Ory (9th April).
Renée Fleming sing’s Strauss’s dazzling Capriccio (23rd April), and David McVicar’s gripping production of Verdi’s Il Trovatore returns conducted by the Met’s Music Director James Levine (20th April).

The season closes with Die Walküre as part of Robert Legage’s new produciton of Wagner’s Ring cycle (14th May).