Music Academy of the West Presents the 13th Season of The Met: Live in HD Sunday Encore Series in Hahn Hall October 28 through May 19, opening with Verdi’s Aida

Season features Music Academy alumni Isabel Leonard and Juan Diego Flórez in leading roles


Santa Barbara, CA — The Music Academy of the West will offer 10 The Met: Live in HD Sunday Encore screenings for the 2018-19 season, which will launch October 28 with the Met’s grand production of Verdi’s Aida, starring one of the world’s most acclaimed sopranos, Anna Netrebko.

Bringing great Met filmed in high definition, ranging from rarely performed masterpieces to perennial audience favorites, the 2018-19 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 of the upcoming season includes four new productions: Saint-Saëns’s Samson et Dalila, directed by Darko Tresnjak and conducted by Sir Mark Elder with Elīna Garanča and Roberto Alagna in the title roles; the U.S. premiere production of Nico Muhly’s Marnie, based on Winston Graham’s suspenseful thriller, directed by Michael Mayer with Music Academy alumna Isabel Leonard (’05) as the title character; Mayer’s new staging of Verdi’s La Traviata, conducted by incoming Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and starring Diana Damrau, Music Academy alumnus Juan Diego Flórez (’95), and Quinn Kelsey; and Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur, starring Anna Netrebko in the title role, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda in Sir David McVicar’s new staging.

In addition to these new productions and the Aida season opener, Live in HD audiences will have the chance to see Poulenc’s 20th-century masterpiece Dialogues des Carmélites for the first time in cinemas, starring Music Academy alumna Isabel Leonard  and conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, along with classic revivals of Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West, with Eva-Maria Westbroek as Minnie and Jonas Kaufmann as Dick Johnson; Richard Eyre’s acclaimed production of Bizet’s Carmen, starring Clémentine Margaine as the alluring gypsy, opposite Roberto Alagna as Don José; Laurent Pelly’s whimsical reimagining of Donizetti’s La Fille du Régiment, with Javier Camarena and Pretty Yende as Tonio and Marie; and the most popular of Wagner’s four epic Ring operas, Die Walküre, with Christine Goerke as Brünnhilde.

Series subscriptions, on sale October 1, are $280. Individual tickets, $28 each, will be available for purchase online starting October 13.

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: / / 805-969-8787



Aida / Verdi
Encore Screening Sun, Oct 28, 2018, 2 pm

Samson et Dalila / Saint-Saëns

Encore Screening Sun, Nov 11, 2018, 2 pm

La Fanciulla del West / Puccini

Encore Screening Sun, Nov 18, 2018, 2 pm

Marnie / Nico Muhly

Encore Screening Sun, Dec 2, 2018, 2 pm

La Traviata / Verdi

Encore Screening Sun, Jan 6, 2019, 2 pm

Adriana Lecouvreur / Cilea

Encore Screening Sun, Jan 27, 2019, 2 pm

Carmen / Bizet

Encore Screening Sun, Feb 24, 2019, 2 pm

La Fille du Régiment / Donizetti

Encore Screening Sun, Mar 24, 2019, 2 pm

Die Walküre / Wagner

Encore Screening Sun, Apr 28, 2019, 2 pm

Dialogues des Carmélites / Poulenc

Encore Screening Sun, May 19, 2019, 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 24 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 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 Honorary 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 Academy has now launched a new partnership with the London Symphony Orchestra, highlighted by the following:

• Musicians from the LSO will participate in each Summer Festival.

• The London Symphony Orchestra will perform in Santa Barbara in 2019 and 2021.

• Academy fellows will travel to London to perform in concerts with the LSO.

• Academy competition winners will perform recitals in London.

• Michael Tilson Thomas will serve as the Signature Festival Conductor of the partnership.

• Sir Simon Rattle will oversee the fellows’ experience in London.

The Music Academy of the West cultivates discerning, appreciative, and adventurous audiences, presenting more than 200 public events annually. These include performances by faculty, guest artists, and fellows; masterclasses; orchestra and chamber music concerts; and a fully staged opera. The 2019 Summer School and Festival takes place June 17-August 10 at the Academy’s Miraflores campus and in venues throughout Santa Barbara. For more information, visit

Released: September 21, 2018



Kate Oberjat

Director of Marketing & Communications

Music Academy of the West



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