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Arts & Entertainment

February 21, 2014

'The Met: Live in HD' brings new season to State

TRAVERSE CITY — Five performances remain in the Metropolitan Opera’s 2013-14 “The Met: Live in HD” season at the State Theatre. But already it’s time to think about the next season.

The popular series, transmitted live in high definition from New York’s Lincoln Center, will feature 10 live transmissions in 2014-15 including seven operas that are new to the series.

The State Theatre again will transmit the series, which begins Oct. 11, said Deb Lake, executive director of the Traverse City Film Festival. The theater doesn’t yet have a date for ticket sales to begin but tickets for the previous season went on sale to non-members in late August.

Lake said the State isn’t planning a ticket price increase.

Highlights of the new season include new stagings of Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro,” Lehár’s “The Merry Widow,” starring Renée Fleming and opera’s most popular double bill, “Cavalleria Rusticana” and “Pagliacci.”

Three opera rarities will make their Met premieres: Adams’s “The Death of Klinghoffer,” Rossini’s “La Donna del Lago” and Tchaikovsky’s “Iolanta,” performed in a double bill with Bartók’s “Duke Bluebeard’s Castle.”

And three HD favorites will make their return with new casts: “Carmen,” “Les Contes d’Hoffmann” and “Macbeth,” starring Anna Netrebko as Lady Macbeth.

The Peabody and Emmy award-winning series is transmitted to more than 2,000 movie theaters in 65 countries.

For more information, including local start times and rebroadcast information, visit www.metopera.org/hdlive or watch the State Theatre website www.statetheatretc.org/about/met-opera/.

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