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High notes this autumn live from the Met

28 September, 2018 — By Sebastian Taylor

Samson e Dalila with Elīna Garančais and Roberto Alagna, October 20

THIS autumn’s The Met: Live in HD operas in cinemas opens on Saturday, October 6, with a screening of Verdi’s Aida. It promises to be a great show with fabulous Russian soprano – and Met favourite – Anna Netrebko singing the role of the eponymous Ethiopian princess. Strong Latvian tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko is the Egyptian general Radames, very much in love with her.

Other MetLive screenings include:

Saturday, October 20:
New staging of Saint-Saëns’ Samson et Dalila with British conductor Sir Mark Elder on the podium. Serbian director Darko Tresnjak has chosen a vivid and seductive staging for the biblical epic about Samson crushing his philistine enemies in a monumental Temple of Dagon. Dazzlingly attractive Latvian mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča is is Dalila and adorable French tenor Roberto Alagna is Samson.

Saturday October 27:
Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West features superb Dutch soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek as bar-manager Minnie and German tenor Jonas Kaufmann as her on-the-run lover, the gun-toting Dick Johnson.

Saturday November 10:
Nico Muhly’s operatic thriller Marnie – a co-production with English National Opera. American mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard is the eponymous mysterious young woman assuming multiple identities to escape from her previous lives. British baritone Christopher Maltman is her boss and British countertenor Iestyn Davies is his brother.

Cinemas screening MetLive operas include: The Barbican; Crouch End Picture­house; Curzons Bloomsbury, Mayfair and Victoria; Everyman Belsize Park and Hampstead; Phoenix East Finchley; and Vue Finchley Road, Islington and West End.
• All screenings start at 5.55pm.

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