The Met: Live in HD Returns to Potsdam for 2013-14 Season


Mariusz Kwiecien plays the title role and Anna Netrebko is Tatiana in “Eugene Onegin,” opening the 2013-14 The Met: Live in HD season on Oct. 5.

From classic to contemporary, the 2013-14 season of The Met: Live in HD will bring 10 stunning productions from the Metropolitan Opera to the movie screen in Potsdam again this year.

Sponsored in the North Country by SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music and J.S. Cinemas, the eighth season of the series is sure to captivate audiences, with live transmissions from the Metropolitan Opera stage beamed to silver screens in 1,900 theaters in 64 countries around the world.

Once again, two of SUNY Potsdam's alumnae will take the Met stage in starring roles in the series this year. Superstar soprano Renée Fleming '81 will appear in one of her signature roles, the title character in Dvořák's "Rusalka," on Feb. 8. Internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe '92 will sing the role of the sharp-tongued Mistress Quickly in Verdi's "Falstaff" on Dec. 14. 

The 2013-14 Live in HD season features 10 transmissions, offering a significant portion of the Met season to opera lovers around the world.

All productions will be shown live worldwide on Saturdays. There will also be encore presentations offered on Sundays locally. For complete information on the season in store, visit

All performances will be screened at the Roxy Theater, in downtown Potsdam. Robotic cameras, strategically placed around and behind the stage, will capture the beauty and power of live performance from striking angles, and heighten attention to both performance and production. Intermission features and English subtitles will once again bring the stories to life.

Mark your calendars now! Here is the 2013-14 The Met: Live in HD season schedule:

·Tchaikovsky's "Eugene Onegin": Live on Oct. 5 at 12:55 p.m., encore on Oct. 20 at 6:30 p.m.

·Shostakovich's "The Nose": Live on Oct. 26 at 12:55 p.m., encore on Nov. 3 at 6:30 p.m.

·Puccini's "Tosca": Live on Nov. 9 at 12:55 p.m., encore on Nov. 17 at 6:30 p.m.

·Verdi's "Falstaff": Live on Dec. 14 at 12:55 p.m., encore on Jan. 26 at 6:30 p.m.

·Dvořák's "Rusalka": Live on Feb. 8 at 12:55 p.m., encore on March 2 at 6:30 p.m.

·Borodin's "Prince Igor": Live on March 1 at noon, encore on March 9 at 6 p.m.

·Massenet's "Werther": Live on March 15 at 12:55 p.m., encore on April 6 at 6:30 p.m.

·Puccini's "La Bohème": Live on April 5 at 12:55 p.m., encore on April 13 at 6:30 p.m.

·Mozart's "Così fan Tutte": Live on April 26 at 12:55 p.m., encore on May 4 at 6:30 p.m.

·Rossini's "La Cenerentola": Live on May 10 at 12:55 p.m., encore on May 11 at 6:30 p.m.

Doors open a half-hour before show time, and there is immediate seating for advance ticket holders.

The series opens on Oct. 5 with Tchaikovsky's "Eugene Onegin," starring Anna Netrebko, Mariusz Kwiecien and Piotr Beczala in a new production, and also includes an innovative production of Shostakovich's "The Nose," starring Paulo Szot, on Oct. 26. Puccini's classic drama "Tosca" will feature Patricia Racette as the tempestuous title character and Robert Alagna as her devoted lover on Nov. 9. Met Music Director James Levine will return to the podium to lead a new production of Verdi's "Falstaff" on Dec. 14, starring Ambrogio Maestri in the iconic basso buffo title role, Angela Meade as Alice Ford and Stephanie Blythe as Mistress Quickly.

Renée Fleming will star as the lovelorn mermaid in Dvořák's "Rusalka," conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin on Feb. 8, followed by a new production of Borodin's rarely heard epic "Prince Igor," starring Ildar Abdrazakov in the title role on March 1. Jonas Kaufmann and Sophie Koch will lead a new staging of Massenet's tragic romance "Werther" on March 15. Puccini's timeless love story "La Bohème" will feature Vittorio Grigolo starring in Franco Zeffirelli's immensely popular production on April 5.

Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Flórez will return to the Met stage in Rossini's Cinderella story "La Cenerentola," led by Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi on May 10. Levine will conduct the first Live in HD performance of Mozart's "Così fan Tutte" to close out the season on April 26.

Tickets are on sale now. Prices are the lowest available in the nation: $18 for an adult, $15 for senior citizens, $12 for students and $9 for youth age 18 and under.

Tickets are available by calling the Community Performance Series Box Office at (315) 267-2277, or visiting the Roxy Theater or Northern Music & Video in downtown Potsdam or the CPS Box Office in the lobby of Sara M. Snell Music Theater.

You can also reserve tickets online by visiting or

For more information on the 2013-14 The Met: Live in HD season, visit the Metropolitan Opera website at

To learn more about SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music and its award-winning opera program, visit

Founded in 1886, SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music has a long legacy of excellence in music education and performance. Life at Crane includes an incredible array of more than 300 recitals, lectures and concerts presented by faculty, students and guests each year. The Crane School of Music is the State University of New York's only All-Steinway institution.