MET HD Festival
Photo: The Summer HD Festival presents Georges Bizet's CARMEN Met Opera at Lincoln Center; New York, NY. Photograph: © Richard Termine

Free admission (all visitors, all hours)

The Metropolitan Opera’s annual Summer HD Festival, presents free outdoor screenings of operas in Lincoln Center Plaza, has returned for the 11th time, with one screening each night from Saturday, August 24, to Monday, September 2, 2019 (Labor Day). The series features ten performances from the company’s acclaimed Live in HD series of movie theater transmissions, including performances from the 2018–19 season as well as some of the most popular transmissions from past years. Preceding the festival, on Friday, August 23, the classic movie musical Funny Face will be screened in the plaza, in association with Film at Lincoln Center. Funny Face features songs by George and Ira Gershwin, whose opera, Porgy and Bess, will be presented in a new production to open the Met’s forthcoming 2019–20 season in September.

The festival begins with a screening of the Met’s monumental production of Verdi’s Aida, starring Anna Netrebko in the title role and Anita Rachvelishvili as Amneris. Over the course of the ten nights, many of the Met’s leading artists will be featured, including Elīna Garanča and Roberto Alagna in both Bizet’s Carmen and Saint-Saëns Samson et Dalila; Isabel Leonard in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites; Joyce DiDonato in Massenet’s Cendrillon; Jonas Kaufmann in Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West; and Javier Camarena and Pretty Yende in Donizetti’s La Fille du Régiment. The festival also includes Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducting Carmen, the production in which he made his company debut, and Dialogues des Carmélites, his most recent Met outing.

The Met: Live in HD is also produced in association with WNET and PBS.

Each evening of the festival, close to 3,000 seats will be available on the plaza on a first-come, first-served basis, as well as additional space for overflow crowds. No tickets are required, and there are no rain dates.