The MET Opera's Free Summer HD Festival at Lincoln Center

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Free opera for the masses--this might be the perfect time to try out the art form with the kids. The Summer HD Festival will feature 10 productions at Lincoln Center Plaza--two of them perfect for children.

Operas will be screened on the façade of the Met for ten straight nights. The lineup ranges from modern masterpieces to classics of the French, Italian, and German repertory.

Three new productions from the 2009-10 season will be included: Puccini’s Tosca, starring Karita Mattila and Marcelo Álvarez; Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann, starring Anna Netrebko and Joseph Calleja; and Bizet’s Carmen.

Tosca opens the season on Saturday, August 28, and Carmen closes the festival on Monday, September 6. Last summer, more than 40,000 people attended the first HD Festival, a part of the Met’s Free Summer Events series. All screenings are free and no tickets are required. 3,100 seats will be available each night on a first-come, first served basis. There are no rain dates.

Our Kids Picks:
Sunday, August 29, 8:00pm: THE MAGIC FLUTE—James Levine conducts Mozart’s The Magic Flute, in the Met’s abridged, English-language holiday production, created by Tony Award winner Julie Taymor and geared toward family audiences. Approximate running time: 113 minutes.

Friday, September 3, 8:00pm: HANSEL AND GRETEL— Humperdinck’s masterpiece stars Christine Schäfer as Gretel, Alice Coote as Hansel, and Philip Langridge as the Witch. Approximate running time: 112 minutes.

Date Night Special:
Wednesday, September 1, 7:45pm: LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN— James Levine conducts Bartlett Sher’s new production of Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann, with Anna Netrebko as Antonia and Joseph Calleja as Hoffmann. Approximate running time: 160 minutes. This is one sexy production!

First Taste of Opera
Thursday, September 2, 8:00pm: LA BOHÈME— Franco Zeffirelli’s classic production of Puccini’s La Bohème features Angela Gheorghiu as Mimì and Ramón Vargas as Rodolfo. Approximate running time: 130 minutes.



Start times range from 7:15 pm to 8:00 pm (no intermissions)



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