A scene from the 2009 De Nederlandse Opera production of Verdi's "La Traviata" to be performed at the Met in 2011." Photo: Klaus Lefebvre
Expansion, expansion, expansion. That's the watchword with the Metropolitan Opera's popular "The Met: Live in HD" series, where opera is shown live on cinema screens.
For the fifth season of the popular broadcast series, the Met has added a new theater to the local screening slate: the Regal El Dorado in El Dorado Hills.
El Dorado Hills now joins the eight theaters regionally that will, once again, show the operas (full theater list below).
This season the Met simulcast roster is expanding by 300 theaters worldwide, including 100 more in the U.S. The operas will be shown in 620 cinemas across the U.S. during the 2010-11 season.
Those simulcasts, which are live broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera's stage, come way of the Met's partnership with Fathom Entertainment. That company is a division of NCM, the biggest supplier of alternative programming services to the nation's largest movie theatre chains.
The Met is also expanding the number of simulcasts this season. It's offering 12 operas now (full simulcast schedule below) as opposed to the nine it offered last year.
It's easy to see why it is expanding. Business has been good. Last season the company sold a record-breaking 2.4 million tickets worldwide for the nine broadcasts.
The local simulcast season begins on Saturday, October 9 at 10am with the new production of Wagner's "Das Rheingold." That opera, which stars bass-baritone Bryn Terfel, mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe and bass baritone Eric Owens, will be the first of the season's two installments of Wagner's epic "Der Ring des Nibelungen" (The Ring of the Nibelungs).
The Ring's second installment, "Die Walküre," closes the Live in HD season on May 14, with soprano Deborah Voigt as Brünnhilde and tenor Jonas Kaufmann as Siegmund - both in Met role debuts.
The Met: Live in HD 2010-11 Season
October 9 - 10am
A groundbreaking new Ring for the Met, conducted by James Levine and directed by Robert Lepage. Bryn Terfel, sings his first Met Wotan.
October 23 - 9am
Bass René Pape tackles on one of opera's most dramatic roles in this new Met production. Valery Gergiev conducts.
November 13 - 10am
Anna Netrebko sings Norina, the role that made her a Met star, in this comedy by Donizetti, with Matthew Polenzani as Ernesto, Mariusz Kwiecien as Dr. Malatesta, and John Del Carlo in the title role. James Levine conducts.
December 11 - 9:30am
Directed by Nicholas Hytner in his Met debut, this new production stars Roberto Alagna in the title role. Yannick Nézet-Séguin returns to the Met podium after a triumphant Met debut leading Carmen last year.
January 8, 2011 - 10am
LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST
Puccini's wild west opera stars Deborah Voigt as Minnie and Marcello Giordani as Dick Johnson, under the baton of San Francisco Opera conductor Nicola Luisotti.
February 12, 2011 - 10am
NIXON IN CHINA
John Adams's acclaimed first opera gets its first Met outing, in a staging by longtime Adams collaborator Peter Sellars. Kathleen Kim is Chiang Ch'ing, Janis Kelly sings Pat Nixon, and James Maddalena reprises his acclaimed portrayal of Nixon, a role he created in the 1987 world premiere. Adams conducts.
February 26, 2011 - 10am
IPHIGÉNIE EN TAURIDE
Susan Graham sings the title role in Gluck's masterful interpretation of the Greek myth. Plácido Domingo tackles the role of her brother - Oreste. Patrick Summers conducts.
March 19, 2011 - 10am
LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR
Natalie Dessay portrays Donizetti's fragile heroine in the Met's hit production, with Joseph Calleja as Edgardo and Ludovic Tézier as her scheming brother. Patrick Summers conducts.
April 9, 2011 - 10am
LE COMTE ORY
The demands of Rossini's vocally tricky comedy falls to the dynamic Juan Diego Flórez who sings the title role. He sings opposite Joyce DiDonato. Maurizio Benini conducts.
April 23, 2011 - 10am
Renée Fleming sings in this Strauss diva showcase. A John Cox's production, with Andrew Davis conducting.
April 30, 2011 - 10am
David McVicar's popular production returns with Marcelo Álvarez as the heroic troubadour. With Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Sondra Radvanovsky and Dolora Zajick. James Levine conducts.
May 14, 2011 - 9am
The second installment of Robert Lepage's new production of Wagner's Ring cycle, conducted by James Levine. Features Bryn Terfel as Wotan, and Deborah Voigt as Brünnhilde.
Participating Theatres - The Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD 2010-2011
Cinemark Sacramento Stadium 14 Sacramento
Cinemark Sacramento Downtown Plaza 7 Sacramento
Cinemark Sacramento Greenback Lane 16 Sacramento
Regal Natomas Marketplace Sacramento
Regal El Dorado Hills Stadium 13 with IMAX El Dorado Hills
Cinemark Laguna 16 Elk Grove
Cinemark Folsom 14 Folsom
Cinemark Roseville 14 Roseville
Cinemark Yuba City Yuba City
Tickets: $24; 22 (senior); $16 child
Information: call individual theater