Met season launches with Bellini’s Norma

  The complete schedule is available below

The complete schedule is available below

Santa Barbara, CA - The Music Academy of the West will offer 10 The Met: Live in HD Sunday Encore screenings for the 2017-18 season, which will launch October 22 with a new production of Bellini’s Norma conducted by Carlo Rizzo, directed by Sir David McVicar, and starring Sondra Radvanovsky as the Druid priestess and Joyce DiDonato as her archrival, Adalgisa. The Academy will also offer a special holiday presentation of Hansel and Gretel on Saturday, December 9. Please note that live Saturday simulcasts will no longer be screened at Hahn Hall.

Bringing great Met filmed in high definition, ranging from rarely performed masterpieces to perennial audience favorites, the 2017-18 season features the world’s greatest singers and conductors to experience in the acoustically ideal atmosphere of Hahn Hall on the Music Academy campus.

Highlights include a new production of Puccini’s Tosca, with James Levine conducting Sonya Yoncheva, Vittorio Grigolo, and Bryn Terfel; Thomas Adès conducts the North American premiere of his new opera The Exterminating Angel; Massenet’s Cendrillon, a retelling of the Cinderella story, has its first-ever Met performances, starring Joyce DiDonato in the title role; Phelim McDermott’s new production of Mozart’s Così fan tutte, set in Coney Island in the 1950s, featuring Kelli O’Hara as Despina; and a rare revival of Rossini’s Semiramide, last performed at the Met in 1993, starring Angela Meade. Pretty Yende and Matthew Polenzani star as the spirited Adina and Nemorino in L’Elisir d’Amore; and La Bohème stars Angel Blue as Mimì, opposite Dmytro Popov as Rodolfo with Brigitta Kele as Musetta and Lucas Meachem as Marcello. James Levine also conducts Mozart’s opera, Die Zauberflöte, sung in full-length performances in its original German; and a revival of Luisa Miller, which has not been seen at the Met since 2006, with Sonya Yoncheva in the title role.

Met General Manager Peter Gelb announced, “We’re replenishing our core repertoire with new productions of Così fan tutte, Norma, and Tosca, while stretching our horizons with The Exterminating Angel and Cendrillon. It’s a season of repertory favorites and stimulating rarities, with something for neophytes and aficionados alike.”

A special holiday encore presentation of Humperdink’s Hansel and Gretel will be screened on December 9 at 1 pm. A Met English-language holiday presentation, Richard Jones’s clever production of the fairy-tale opera is based on the Brothers Grimm story. Donald Runnicles conducts the legendary Dolora Zajick as the wayward siblings’ mother, Tara Erraught in the role of Hansel, and Lisette Oropesa as Gretel. Series subscribers can reserve seats for this event by adding it to their subscription for $28.

Series subscriptions, on sale Aug 28 for renewing subscribers, and Sept 18 for new subscribers, cost $280. Individual tickets, $28 each, will be available for purchase online starting October 9. Additionally, the Academy will offer special $10 discounted tickets for students, $10 Community Access Tickets, and 7-17s Free tickets for youth accompanied by a ticketed adult. Free parking is available on the Music Academy campus, and $1 concessions will be available at the venue. To learn more, visit

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Norma / Bellini

Encore Screening Sun, Oct 22, 2017 2 pm

Die Zauberflöte / Mozart

Encore Screening Sun, Nov 5, 2017 2 pm

Hansel and Gretel / Humperdink

Special Encore Holiday Presentation, Sat, Dec 9, 2017 1 pm

The Exterminating Angel / Thomas Adès

Encore Screening Sun, Dec 10, 2017 2 pm

Tosca / Puccini

Encore Screening Sun, Feb 4, 2018 2 pm

L’Elisir d’Amore  / Donizetti

Encore Screening Sun, Feb 18, 2018 2 pm

La Bohème / Puccini

Encore Screening Sun, Mar 4, 2018 2 pm

Semiramide / Rossini

Encore Screening Sun, Mar 18, 2018 2 pm

Così fan tutte / Mozart

Encore Screening Sun, Apr 8, 2018 2 pm

Luisa Miller / Verdi

Encore Screening Sun, Apr 22, 2018 2 pm

Cendrillon / Massenet

Encore Screening Sun, May 13, 2018 2 pm


About The Met: Live in HD

The Met: Live in HD is the largest provider of alternative cinema content in the world, with

more than 19 million tickets sold over the first 10 years of the program. Met performances

are viewed in more than 2,000 movie theaters in 71 countries around the world. The Music Academy’s partnership with The Met: Live in HD dates back to 2008. Last season, more than 30 of the Academy’s talented alumni performed with the Metropolitan Opera. The Metropolitan Opera was founded in 1883, and is still providing the world’s most celebrated performances to audiences around the world. HD broadcasts of stage performances captured live at New York City’s Metropolitan Opera Theatre allow people to experience these wonderful works without ever having to enter the city.


About the Music Academy of the West
The Music Academy of the West is among the nation’s preeminent summer schools and festivals for gifted young classically trained musicians. At its ocean-side campus in Santa Barbara, the Academy provides these musicians with the opportunity for advanced study and performance under the guidance of internationally renowned faculty artists, guest conductors, and soloists. Admission to the Academy is strictly merit based, and fellows receive full scholarships (tuition, room, and board). The Academy’s distinguished teaching artists roster has included famed soprano Lotte Lehmann, composers Darius Milhaud and Arnold Schoenberg, cellist Gregor Piatigorsky, pianist Jeremy Denk, and current Voice Program Director Marilyn Horne. Academy alumni are members of major symphony orchestras, chamber orchestras, ensembles, opera companies, and university and conservatory faculties throughout the world. Many enjoy careers as prominent solo artists. In 2014 the Music Academy entered into a four-year partnership with the New York Philharmonic, resulting in unprecedented training and performance opportunities for Academy fellows, and Summer Festival residencies for Philharmonic musicians. The Music Academy of the West cultivates discerning, appreciative, and adventurous audiences, presenting more than 200 public events annually, many of them free of charge. These include performances by faculty, guest artists, and fellows; masterclasses; orchestra and chamber music concerts; and a fully staged opera. The 2017 Summer School and Festival took place June 12 to August 5 at the Academy’s scenic Miraflores campus and in venues throughout Santa Barbara. For more information, visit


Released: August 15, 2017


Kate Oberjat

Director of Marketing and Communications

Music Academy of the West


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