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Published December 23rd 2012
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The Metropolitan Opera is an opera house in New York. Founded in 1883, it was the first built on Broadway, and has a constant line-up of spectacular performances.

You don't have to travel to New York to see them though. Curzon are live streaming the Metropolitan's operatic masterpieces in HD in all their cinemas. These include their branches in Chelsea, Mayfair, Richmond, Renoir, and HMVCurzon Wimbledon.

Tickets are between £38.25-£45 for adults and £29.75-£35 for under 15s. Alternatively, if you are going to Mayfair you could also book seats in the Royal Box for £46.75-£55.

Here is the line up for 2013:

5 January 2013 - 5.00pm
Berlioz's Les Troyens
Approximate running time: 341 minutes with interval)

The epic story of Aeneas's journey after the fall of Troy as he tries to found the future city of Rome. It is the first revival of the 2003 production by Francesca Zambello.

Conductor: Fabio Luisi, Production: Francesca Zambello , Cast: Deborah Voigt (Cassandra), Susan Graham (Dido), Marcello Giordani (Aeneas), Dwayne Croft (Coroebus), Kwangchul Youn (Narbal)

19th January 2013 - 5.55pm
Donizetti's Maria Stuarda

The Metroploitan Premiere of Donizetti's famous historic Tudor trilogy.

Approximate running time: 195 minutes with interval)

Conductor: Maurizio Benini, Production: David McVicar , Cast: Joyce DiDonato (Maria Stuarda), Elza van den Heever (Elisabetta), Francesco Meli (Leicester), Joshua Hopkins (Cecil), Matthew Rose (Talbot)

16th February 2013 - 5.55pm
Verdi's RigolettiI

Director Michael Mayer transports Verdi's RigolettiI from the 16th century to the 1960s in this new production.

(Approximate running time: 211 minutes with interval)

Conductor: Michele Mariotti, Production: Michael Mayer , Cast: Diana Damrau (Gilda), Oksana Volkova (Maddalena), Piotr Beczala (Duke of Mantua), Željko Lučić (Rigoletto),Štefan Kocán (Sparafucile)

2nd March 2013 - 5.00pm
Wagner's Parasifal

(Approximate running time: 340 minutes with interval)

Conductor: Daniele Gatti, Production: François Girard, Cast: Katarina Dalayman (Kundry), Jonas Kaufmann (Parsifal), Peter Mattei (Amfortas), Evgeny Nikitin (Klingsor), René Pape (Gurnemanz)

16th March 2013 - 4.00pm
Zandonai's Francesca Da Rimini

After twenty-five years, Zandonai's 20th century melodrama, Francesca Da Rimini returns to the stage.

(Approximate running time: 237 minutes with interval)

Conductor: Marco Armiliato , Production: Piero Faggioni, Cast: Eva-Maria Westbroek (Francesca), Marcello Giordani (Paolo), Robert Brubaker (Malatestino), Mark Delavan (Gianciotto)

27th April 2013 – 5.00pm
Handel's Giulio Cesare

A Baroque style production that illuminates 19th century Britis imperialism through the themes of love and war.

(Approximate running time: 271 minutes with interval)

Conductor: Harry Bicket, Production: David McVicar , Cast: Natalie Dessay (Cleopatra), Alice Coote (Sesto), Patricia Bardon (Cornelia), David Daniels (Giulio Cesare), Christophe Dumaux (Tolomeo), Guido Loconsolo (Achilla

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Why? See live NY Performances in HD
When: 5th Jan - 27th April
Phone: 0330 500 1551
Where: All Curzon Cinemas
Cost: £29.75-£55
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