The Sedona International Film Festival will present the Met Live Opera: Live in HD series for the 2017-18 season. Once again, the festival will host the productions via satellite at its Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

Each opera will be shown live and then repeated later that day as an encore. Season ticket holders will have the option of choosing the live performance or the encore, or they can mix and match for scheduling convenience.

The Met: Live in HD, the Metropolitan Opera’s series of high-definition live cinema simulcasts, will begin its 12th season on Saturday, Oct. 7.

Live in HD audiences around the world will see 10 live performances from the Met’s 2017-18 season. The Met: Live in HD is the largest provider of alternative cinema content in the world, with more than 22 million tickets sold over the first 11 years of the series. The series brings live Met performances to more than 2,000 movie theaters in 71 countries around the world.

The 2017-18 Live in HD season will feature the series’ first broadcast of Bellini’s “Norma” starring Sondra Radvanovsky in the title role; the Met premiere of Thomas Adès’ “The Exterminating Angel”; Rossini’s “Semiramide,” which has not been staged at the Met in 25 years; Verdi’s tragedy “Luisa Miller” starring Sonya Yoncheva and Plácido Domingo; and the Met premiere of Massenet’s “Cendrillon,” starring Joyce DiDonato in the title role.

In addition to the productions new to Live in HD, audiences can see the Met’s new stagings of Puccini’s “Tosca,” starring Sonya Yoncheva and Vittorio Griogolo, and Mozart’s “Così fan tutte” set in the 1950s in Coney Island, with an ensemble cast including Tony winner Kelli O’Hara.

The season will also feature Mozart’s full-length German opera “Die Zauberflöte,” conducted by Met Music Director Emeritus James Levine; Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’Amore,” starring Pretty Yende in her first Met performances as the spirited Adina with Matthew Polenzani reprising Nemorino; and Puccini’s “La Bohème,” featuring Sonya Yoncheva and Michael Fabiano as the young Parisian lovers Mimì and Rodolfo.

Met stars serve as hosts for the HD series, conducting live interviews with cast, crew and production teams, and introducing the popular behind-the-scenes features.

The 2017-18 Met Live in HD series dates are:
n “Norma,” Saturday, Oct. 7.
n “Die Zauberflöte,” Saturday, Oct. 14.
n “The Exterminating Angel,” Saturday, Nov. 18.
n “Tosca,” Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018.
n “L’Elisir d’Amore,” Saturday,
Feb. 10, 2018.
n “Semiramide,” Saturday, March 10, 2018.
n “La Bohéme,” Saturday, March 17, 2018.
n “Così fan tutte,” Saturday,
March 31, 2018.
n “Luisa Miller,” Saturday, April 14, 2018.
n “Cendrillon,” Saturday, April 28, 2018.

In addition to the Met Live Opera season, there will be a special holiday encore presentation of “Hansel and Gretel” on Saturday, Dec. 9. The encore is specially priced and is not part of the opera season package.

Tickets for each opera are $25 general admission, $22 for Film Festival members and $15 for full-time students.
Season tickets are also available for $20 per opera, when purchased as a package.

Call the Sedona International Film Festival at 282-1177 or visit the office at 2030 W. State Route 89A, Suite A3 in West Sedona for more information. Information and tickets are also available at SedonaFilmFestival.org.