See ten FREE Metropolitan Opera performances outdoors on a giant screen in Lincoln Center, starting this weekend.
This year’s Met Opera Summer HD Festival features full opera performances from the Met’s Live in HD cinema and TV transmissions, plus two special live concerts by the Met Orchestra and leading performers on Labor Day Weekend.
The Met Opera Summer HD Festival 2021 is August 27 to Sept. 6. As always, attendance is FREE.
Live at the Met, and Broadcast on PBS
Unlike past years, when the gi-normous screen was in front of the Met Opera building, this year the screenings and the live concert have been moved to the semi-permanent outdoor stage in Damrosh Park, next to the Met Opera, with socially-distanced chairs.
This is where Lincoln Center Restart Stages performances have been held all spring and summer, including the wonderful concert with Brian Stokes Mitchell that I attended a couple of weeks ago, and the Lincoln Center Out of Doors performances and Midsummer Night Swing events in pre-Pandemic years.
As always, the series begins with the screening of a film about opera. This year, it’s The Opera House, a documentary exploring the creation of the world-famous building.
How to get tickets to the Met Opera Summer HD Festival
General-admission seating will open one hour before each presentation on a first-come-first-served basis.
Assigned seating via the TodayTix Lottery:
Enter for a chance to win up to two free reserved seats, starting two weeks before each screening. Entries close three days before a presentation at 12:59 PM ET.
Ticket holders must arrive at least ten minutes before show time to guarantee seats.
Enter the Lottery through the TodayTix app or by calling Lincoln Center Guest Services at 212.875.5456.
In case of rain:
Summer HD Festival screenings will go on as scheduled in the case of rain, but will be canceled if thee is thunder,lightning or high wind. Canceled screenings will not be rescheduled.
Met Opera Summer HD Festival Schedule
Friday, August 27, at 8PM:
The Opera House
In this documentary, award-winning filmmaker Susan Froemke explores the creation of the Metropolitan Opera’s storied Lincoln Center home.
Saturday, August 28, at 7:30PM:
Verdi’s La Traviata
Conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin; starring Diana Damrau, Juan Diego Flórez, and Quinn Kelsey. From December 15, 2018.
Sunday, August 29, at 7:30PM:
Conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin; starring Sonya Yoncheva, Aleksandrs Antonenko, Dimitri Pittas, Željko Lučić, and Günther Groissböck. From October 17, 2015.
Monday, August 30, at 7PM:
Philip Glass’s Satyagraha
Conducted by Dante Anzolini; starring Rachelle Durkin, Richard Croft, Kim Josephson, and Alfred Walker. From November 19, 2011.
Tuesday, August 31, at 7:30PM:
Wagner’s Der Fliegende Holländer
Conducted by Valery Gergiev; starring Anja Kampe, Mihoko Fujimura, Sergey Skorokhodov, David Portillo, Evgeny Nikitin, and Franz-Josef Selig. From March 10, 2020.
Wednesday, September 1, at 7:30PM:
Nico Muhly’s Marnie
Conducted by Roberto Spano; starring Isabel Leonard, Janis Kelly, Denyce Graves, Iestyn Davies, and Christopher Maltman. From November 10, 2018.
Thursday, September 2, at 7:30PM:
Conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin; starring Elza van den Heever, Tamara Mumford, Christopher Ventris, Gerhard Siegel, Andrew Staples, Peter Mattei, and Christian Van Horn. From January 11, 2020.
Friday, September 3: No screening
Saturday and Sunday, September 4 and 5, at 8PM:
Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts the extraordinary Met Orchestra and Chorus, with soloists soprano Ying Fang and mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves, in one of the symphonic repertory’s most epic and stirring works.
Monday, September 6, at 7:30PM:
Verdi’s Il Trovatore
Conducted by Marco Armiliato, starring Anna Netrebko, Dolora Zajick, Yonghoon Lee, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, and Stefan Kocán. From October 3, 2015.