Music Academy announces the 19-20 Season of The Met: Live in HD

Music Academy of the West presents the 14th Season of The Met: Live in HD Sunday Encore Series in Hahn Hall October 27 through May 31, opening with Puccini’s Turandot

Music Academy alumni Brenda Rae and Aaron Blake perform in featured roles  

Music Academy alumna Brenda Rae stars in Agrippina as Poppea

Santa Barbara, CA — The Music Academy of the West will offer ten The Met: Live in HD Sunday Encore screenings for the 2019-20 season, which will launch October 27 with the Met’s grand production of Puccini’s Turandot, led by Yannick Nézet-Séguin.


Bringing great Met filmed in high definition, ranging from rarely performed masterpieces to perennial audience favorites, the 2019-20 season features the world’s greatest singers and conductors to experience in the acoustically ideal atmosphere of Hahn Hall on the Music Academy campus. The Music Academy of the West’s 2019-20 Encore Screenings of The Met: Live in HD are generously supported by Ceil and Michael Pulitzer.


The 2019–20 Live in HD season offers ten transmissions, including five new productions: the Met premiere of Philip Glass’ groundbreaking 20th-century opera Akhnaten, starring Anthony Roth Costanzo as the title pharaoh and featuring Music Academy alumnus Aaron Blake (’10, ’11) as the High Priest of Amon; Peter Mattei in the title role of Berg’s Wozzeck, in a new staging by acclaimed visual artist and stage director William Kentridge, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin; a new production of the Gershwins’ classic American opera Porgy and Bess, last performed at the Met in 1990, starring Eric Owens and Angel Blue, directed by James Robinson and conducted by David Robertson; the Met premiere of Handel’s Agrippina, starring Joyce DiDonato in the title role and Music Academy alumna Brenda Rae (’08) as Poppea in a contemporary staging by Sir David McVicar that promises to resonate with modern audiences; and a new take on Wagner’s Der Fliegende Holländer, starring Sir Bryn Terfel in the title role. 


In addition to Turandot and the five new productions, Live in HD audiences will have the chance to see Massenet’s lush French masterpiece Manon; the return of Anthony Minghella’s inspired vision of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, with Plácido Domingo as Sharpless; Anna Netrebko in the title role of Puccini’s Tosca; and Diana Damrau and Jamie Barton as the dueling queens of Maria Stuarda, the second opera of Donizetti’s Tudor trilogy.


Series subscriptions, on sale September 16, are $280. Individual tickets, $28 each, will be available for purchase online starting October 1.


Additionally, the Music 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.


For tickets, or to learn more about these events: / [email protected] / 805-969-8787


Turandot / Puccini
Encore Screening Sun, Oct 27, 2019, 2 pm

Manon / Massenet
Encore Screening Sun, Nov 10, 2019, 2 pm

Madama Butterfly / Puccini
Encore Screening Sun, Nov 24, 2019, 2 pm

Akhnaten / Philip Glass
Encore Screening Sun, Dec 15, 2019, 2 pm

Wozzeck / Berg
Encore Screening Sun, Jan 26, 2020, 2 pm

Porgy and Bess / The Gershwins
Encore Screening Sun, Feb 16, 2020, 2 pm

Agrippina / Handel
Encore Screening Sun, Mar 15, 2020, 2 pm

Der Fliegende Holländer / Wagner
Encore Screening Sun, Mar 29, 2020, 2 pm

Tosca / Puccini
Encore Screening Sun, May 3, 2020, 2 pm

Maria Stuarda / Donizetti
Encore Screening Sun, May 31, 2020, 2 pm

About The Met: Live in HD

The Met: Live in HD series, which now reaches more than 2,200 theaters in more than 70 countries, makes the Met the world’s leading provider of alternative cinema content and the only arts institution with an ongoing global series of this scale, with more than 26 million tickets sold to date. The Music Academy’s partnership with The Met: Live in HD dates back to 2008. Last season, over 40 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 advances the development of 21st-century, classically trained musicians and cultivates discerning, appreciative, and adventurous audiences. Founded in 1947, the Academy operates on a ten-acre, oceanside campus in Santa Barbara, California, where its world-renowned eight-week Summer Festival comprises nearly 200 events. Programs comprise voice, vocal piano, collaborative piano, instrumental, and solo piano. In 2018, the Academy launched a four-year partnership with the London Symphony Orchestra, focusing on education and performance on both sides of the Atlantic. For more information, visit

Kate Oberjat
Director of Marketing and Communications
Music Academy of the West
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