Juan Diego Florez
(© Ken Howard)
Juan Diego Florez
(© Ken Howard)
The Metropolitan Opera will present its first-ever Summer HD Festival, featuring free screenings of 10 productions from the company's Live in HD series, outdoors at Lincoln Center, August 29-September 7.

The series opens with Laurent Pelly's acclaimed production of Donizetti's La Fille du Régiment, starring Natalie Dessay, Juan Diego Flórez, and Marian Seldes. It then continues on consecutive nights with Romeo et Juliette, starring Anna Netrebko, Roberto Alagna, and Nathan Gunn; Eugene Onegin starring Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Renée Fleming; Macbeth; Bartettt Sher's production of Il Barbiere di Siviglia; John Doyle's production of Benjamin Britten's Peter Grimes, starring Anthony Dean Griffey; Franco Zeffferelli's production of La Boheme; Mark Morris' production of Orfeo ed Euridice; Jack O'Brien's production of Il Trittico, and the late Anthony Minghella's production of Madama Butterfly.

In other news, Luc Bundy's production of Tosca will open the season on September 21 and be transmitted live to large screens in Times Square and Lincoln Center's Josie Robertson Plaza. The production, to be conducted by James Levine, stars Karita Mittila in the title role, along with Marcelo Alvarez (Cavaradossi), George Gagnidze (Scarpia), and Paul Plishka (The Sacristan). The production's matinee performance on October 10 will be transmitted live to movie theaters around the world for the Live in HD series.

For more information, visit www.metropolitanopera.org.