After Irene Shutters Showings, Metropolitan Opera’s Summer HD Festival Plays On

the met After Irene Shutters Showings, Metropolitan Opera’s Summer HD Festival Plays OnAfter a two-day hurricane delay, the Metropolitan Opera’s third annual Summer HD Festival, which presents previously recorded Met performances in glorious high-definition video in Lincoln Center Plaza, will begin tonight.

The canceled screenings, of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale (1843) and Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra (1857), which were scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, respectively, will not be rescheduled, according to the Met’s press office. The Met Opera Guild, which organizes lectures that precede each screening, said that its accompanying programs for those days will not be rescheduled.

The ten-day festival, which has now been slimmed to eight days, provides seating for 3,000 people and is free to the public. Met officials advise arriving two hours before the screen lights up (start times vary, so check the schedule), in order to secure a spot.

Suddenly upgraded to the lead-off position in the festival is Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride (1779), which hits the screen at 8:30 p.m. tonight. Other highlights this week include Puccini’s La Rondine (1917), on Tuesday at 8 p.m., and Bizet’s Carmen (1845), which will appear on Thursday at 7:45 p.m.

Alas, Thomas Ades’s 2004 version of Shakespeare’s The Tempest will not be shown, though the Met is planning to present the work for the first time during its 2012-2013 season.

Article continues below
More from Politics
(FILES): These two file photos show then Labor Secretary Thomas Perez (L) speaking to reporters about the minimum wage for federal contractors at the White House in Washington, DC, on Feburary 12, 2014; and Minnesota Democratic Congressman Keith Ellison (R) during a press conference about Islamophobia at the National Press Club on May 24, 2016 in Washington, DC.


US Democrats, licking their wounds from last year's election debacle, will pick a new leader on February 25, 2017 to take the fight to President Donald Trump and his Republicans. The race to chair the Democratic National Committee (DNC) features front-runners Tom Perez, a Hispanic-American and former secretary of labor under Barack Obama who is the establishment pick, and Keith Ellison, a black Muslim congressman from the party's progressive wing who has left open the prospect of pushing to impeach Trump. / AFP / Mandel NGAN AND Brendan SMIALOWSKI        (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN,BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Sanders 2020 Just Became Much More Likely With Tom Perez as DNC Chair