The Eye Cinema in Wellpark is delighted to welcome back The Met Opera Live in HD broadcasting from New York as part of their Event Cinema Programme.
Tickets for the 2021–22 season of all Live in HD transmissions are now on sale. This year’s line-up features some much-loved classics revisited in brand new productions such as Verdi’s ‘Rigoletto’ and ‘Don Carlos’, Donizetti’s ‘Lucia di Lammermoor’ alongside family favourites like Massenet’s ‘Cinderella’ and Puccini’s ‘Turandot’. As ever, the Met’s 2021/2022 season will offer a variety of operatic styles to Irish audiences including Aucoin’s ‘Eurydice’, Dean’s ‘Hamlet’ and ‘Ariadne auf Naxos’.
Still the largest provider of alternative cinema content in the world, ‘The Met’ attracts thousands of Irish people to cinemas and arts centres across the country every year to see the best of international opera on the big screen. Audiences at these Irish broadcasts enjoy operas simultaneously with attendees at the Met’s Saturday matinées in New York. In addition, with Met stars as hosts, they also see ‘behind the scenes’ during intervals and scene changes, and view live interviews with cast, crew, and production teams.
All this in the convenience and comfort of The Eye Cinema, Galway – and for a fraction of the cost of the Met’s normal ticket price.
DISCOVER THE MET 2021/2022 SEASON
FIRE SHUT UP IN MY BONES SATURDAY 23/10/2021
Saturday 23rd October at 5.55pm Live broadcast of the New Production ‘Fire Shut Up in My Bones’, will be a historic occasion—the Met's first performance of an opera by a Black composer.
Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Grammy Award–winning jazz musician and composer Terence Blanchard’s adaptation of Charles M. Blow’s moving memoir, which The New York Times praised after its 2019 world premiere at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis as “bold and affecting” and “subtly powerful.”
Featuring a libretto by filmmaker Kasi Lemmons, the opera tells a poignant and profound story about a young man’s journey to overcome a life of trauma and hardship.
James Robinson and Camille A. Brown—two of the creators of the Met’s sensational recent production of Porgy and Bess—co-direct this new staging; and this production also see Brown, who is also the production’s choreographer, becoming the first Black director to create a mainstage Met production.
Baritone Will Liverman, one of opera’s most exciting young artists, stars as Charles, alongside sopranos Angel Blue as Destiny/Loneliness/Greta and Latonia Moore as Billie.
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EURYDICE (Matthew Aucoin ) SATURDAY 4/12/2021
The ancient Greek myth of Orpheus, who attempts to harness the power of music to rescue his beloved Eurydice from the underworld, has inspired composers since opera’s earliest days. Rising American composer Matthew Aucoin now carries that tradition into the 21st century with a captivating new take on the story—a product of the Met’s commissioning program. With a libretto by MacArthur “Genius Grant” recipient Sarah Ruhl, adapted from her acclaimed 2003 play, the opera reimagines the familiar tale from Eurydice’s point of view.
Yannick Nézet-Séguin oversees the momentous Met premiere from the podium, leading Aucoin’s evocative music and an immersive new staging by Mary Zimmerman. Soprano Erin Morley sings the title role, opposite baritone Joshua Hopkins as Orpheus and countertenor Jakub Józef Orli?ski as his otherworldly alter-ego. Bass-baritone Nathan Berg is Eurydice’s father and fellow resident of the underworld, with tenor Barry Banks as Hades himself.
CINDERELLA (Jules Massenet ) SATURDAY 1/01/2021
Continuing a treasured holiday tradition, the Met presents a new instalment in its series of abridged opera adaptations for family audiences. Laurent Pelly’s storybook staging of Massenet’s Cendrillon, a hit of the 2017–18 season, is presented with an all-new English translation in an abridged 90 minutes, with mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard as its rags-to-riches princess. Maestro Emmanuel Villaume leads a delightful cast, which includes mezzo-soprano Emily D’Angelo as Cinderella’s Prince Charming, soprano Jessica Pratt as her Fairy Godmother, and mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe and bass-baritone Laurent Naouri as her feuding guardians.
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RIGOLETTO (Giuseppe Verdi ) SATURDAY, 10/03/2022
Bartlett Sher’s bold new take on Verdi’s timeless tragedy arrives onscreen on January 29. The Tony Award¬–winning director resets the opera’s action in 1920s Europe, with Art Deco sets by Michael Yeargan and elegant costumes by Catherine Zuber, themselves boasting a combined eight Tony Awards. Baritone Quinn Kelsey, a commanding artist at the height of his powers, brings his searing portrayal of the title role to the Met for the first time, starring alongside soprano Rosa Feola as Gilda and tenor Piotr Becza?a as the Duke of Mantua, with leading maestro Daniele Rustioni on the podium. A second run of performances in the spring features baritone Ludovic Tézier, soprano Kristina Mkhitaryan, and tenor Stephen Costello, conducted by Karel Mark Chichon.
ARIADNE AUF NAXOS (Richard Strauss ) SATURDAY 12/03/2022
The exhilarating soprano Lise Davidsen brings one of her signature roles to the Met for the first time as the mythological Greek heroine of Strauss’s enchanting masterpiece. The outstanding cast also features mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard as the Composer of the opera-within-an-opera around which the plot revolves, with soprano Brenda Rae as the spirited Zerbinetta, tenor Brandon Jovanovich as Ariadne’s lover, the god Bacchus, and Thomas Allen as the Major-Domo. Marek Janowski conducts.
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DON CARLOS (Giuseppe Verdi ) SATURDAY, 26/03/2022
For the first time in company history, the Met presents the original five-act French version of Verdi’s epic opera of doomed love among royalty, set against the backdrop of the Spanish Inquisition. Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads a world-beating cast of opera’s leading lights, including tenor Matthew Polenzani in the title role, soprano Sonya Yoncheva as Élisabeth de Valois, and mezzo-soprano El?na Garan?a as Eboli. Bass Günther Groissböck and bass-baritone John Relyea are Philippe II and the Grand Inquisitor, and baritone Etienne Dupuis rounds out the all-star principal cast as Rodrigue. Verdi’s masterpiece receives a monumental new staging by David McVicar that marks his 11th Met production, placing him among the most prolific and popular directors in recent Met memory.
TURANDOT (Giacomo Puccini ) SATURDAY 7/05/2022
Superstar Anna Netrebko makes her long-awaited Met role debut after providing a hair-raising preview in 2019’s New Year’s Eve Gala alongside Tenor Yonghoon Lee as the bold prince determined to win Turandot’s love, alongside soprano Ermonela Jaho as the devoted servant Liù and bass Ferruccio Furlanetto as the blind king Timur. Marco Armiliato conducts Puccini’s stirring score.
LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR (Gaetano Donizetti ) SATURDAY 21/05/2022
Soprano Nadine Sierra takes on one of the repertory’s most formidable and storied roles, the haunted heroine of Lucia di Lammermoor, in an electrifying new staging by in-demand Australian theater and film director Simon Stone, conducted by Riccardo Frizza. Show-stopping tenor Javier Camarena adds to the bel canto fireworks as Lucia’s beloved, Edgardo, with baritone Artur Rucinski as her overbearing brother, Enrico, and bass Matthew Rose as her tutor, Raimondo.
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HAMLET (Brett Dean ) SATURDAY 4/06/2022
When Australian composer Brett Dean’s Hamlet had its world premiere at the Glyndebourne Festival in 2017, The Guardian declared, “New opera doesn’t often get to sound this good … Shakespeare offers a gauntlet to composers that shouldn’t always be picked up, but Dean’s Hamlet rises to the challenge.” Now, this riveting contemporary masterpiece arrives at the Met, with Neil Armfield, who directed the work’s premiere, bringing his acclaimed staging to New York. Many of the original cast members have followed, including tenor Allan Clayton in the title role. Nicholas Carter makes his Met debut conducting a remarkable ensemble, which also features soprano Brenda Rae as Ophelia, mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly as Gertrude, baritone Rod Gilfry as Claudius, and legendary bass John Tomlinson as the ghost of Hamlet’s father.
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