Music Academy of the West presents the 14th Season of The Met: Live in HD Sunday Encore Series in Hahn Hall October 27 through May 31, opening with Puccini’s Turandot

The Music Academy of the West will offer 10 The Met: Live in HD Sunday Encore screenings for the 2019-20 season, which launches Oct. 27 with the Met’s grand production of Puccini’s Turandot, led by Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

Bringing great Met filmed in high definition, ranging from rarely performed masterpieces to perennial audience favorites, the 2019-20 season features the world’s greatest singers and conductors to experience in the acoustically ideal atmosphere of Hahn Hall on the Music Academy campus.

The Music Academy of the West’s 2019-20 Encore Screenings of The Met: Live in HD are supported by Ceil and Michael Pulitzer.

The 2019–20 Live in HD season offers 10 transmissions, including five new productions: the Met premiere of Philip Glass’ 20th-century opera Akhnaten, starring Anthony Roth Costanzo as the title pharaoh and featuring Music Academy alumnus Aaron Blake (’10, ’11) as the High Priest of Amon; Peter Mattei in the title role of Berg’s Wozzeck, in a new staging by visual artist and stage director William Kentridge, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin; a new production of the Gershwins’ classic American opera Porgy and Bess, last performed at the Met in 1990, starring Eric Owens and Angel Blue, directed by James Robinson and conducted by David Robertson; the Met premiere of Handel’s Agrippina, starring Joyce DiDonato in the title role and Music Academy alumna Brenda Rae (’08) as Poppea in a contemporary staging by Sir David McVicar that promises to resonate with modern audiences; and a new take on Wagner’s Der Fliegende Holländer, starring Sir Bryn Terfel.

In addition to Turandot and the five new productions, Live in HD audiences will have the chance to see Massenet’s French masterpiece Manon; the return of Anthony Minghella’s inspired vision of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, with Plácido Domingo as Sharpless; Anna Netrebko in the title role of Puccini’s Tosca; and Diana Damrau and Jamie Barton as the dueling queens of Maria Stuarda, the second opera of Donizetti’s Tudor trilogy.

Series subscriptions, on sale Sept. 16, are $280. Individual tickets, at $28 each, will be available for purchase online starting Oct. 1.

Additionally, the Music Academy will offer $10 discounted tickets for students, $10 Community Access tickets, and 7-17s free tickets for youth accompanied by a ticketed adult. Free parking on the Music Academy campus, and $1 concessions will be available at the venue.

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— Kate Oberjat for Music Academy of the West.