The Met’s popular Summer HD Festival, first presented in 2009, returns with screenings of 10 productions from the company’s Peabody and Emmy Award-winning Live in HD series. The HD productions will be shown outdoors in Lincoln Center Plaza on ten consecutive nights (August 28-September 6)—for free.
The series kicks off with Luc Bondy’s season-opening new production of Puccini’s Tosca, starring Karita Mattila and Marcelo Álvarez, and features two more of 2009–10’s new productions: Tony-Award winner Bartlett Sher’s staging of Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann, conducted by James Levine and starring Joseph Calleja, Anna Netrebko and Alan Held, will be seen on September 1, and Richard Eyre’s acclaimed production of Bizet’s Carmen, with Elīna Garanča and Roberto Alagna in the leading roles, concludes the series on September 6.
The screenings are free with no tickets required; 2,800 seats will be available each night on a first-come, first-served basis. There are no rain dates.