• Streams introduced to people without access to movie theaters showing the Met’s Live in HD series
  • Live Met performances now viewable on all seven continents
  • Tickets will be available for sale starting Monday, October 17

            New York, NY (October 3, 2022)—The Metropolitan Opera today announced the launch of The Met: Live at Home, a streaming platform that allows audiences to watch the Met’s acclaimed series of live simulcasts from any device in the comfort of their homes—the latest effort by the company to reach as broad a public as possible. The program was created for audiences who do not have access to a participating movie theater for the Met’s Live in HD cinema transmissions.

Using location services technology and geo-fencing, the streams will be available to opera-lovers and newcomers alike in the United States and Canada who do not live near movie theaters that carry the Met’s transmissions. In countries that do not have participating cinemas, the live programs will be available nationwide. A complete list of participating countries and territories can be found here. Tickets for Live at Home streams will be available for sale starting Monday, October 17.

The initiative expands the reach of the Met’s simulcasts to another 171 countries and territories, in addition to the more than 50 countries with some 2,000 cinemas that currently receive the Live in HD transmissions. The price of the Live at Home transmissions, which include unlimited free viewings during a seven-day window, will be either $10 or $20, depending on the country.

“We wanted to make our live performances available to people who don’t have ready access to the movie theaters that carry the Met, whether you reside in the mountains of Montana or on assignment in Antarctica,” Peter Gelb, the Met’s general manager, said.

The Met: Live at Home lineup includes all ten productions in the cinema series, featuring highly anticipated company premieres, new productions, and classic repertory favorites. At-home purchasers can choose from among English, French, and Spanish subtitles. The first live transmission takes place on October 22 with a performance of the Met’s new production of Cherubini’s Medea, starring soprano Sondra Radvanovsky. (The full schedule and casting details can be found below.)

Viewers can watch The Met: Live at Home performances on nearly any screen: a PC or Mac, using the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, or Safari; mobile devices; or smart TVs through Chromecast or AirPlay or through a computer via an HDMI cable. Users can gain access through the Met’s website and must enable location services in their browsers to determine eligibility. In the United States and Canada, eligible at-home viewers must live more than 15–50 miles away from a movie house offering Met shows, depending on the region.

The Met began transmitting selected Saturday matinee performances to movie theaters with Mr. Gelb’s first season as general manager in 2006. Since then, nearly 30 million people have purchased tickets to see the Met in cinemas in the U.S. and abroad. He has also extended the Met’s reach through the online Met Opera on Demand service, as well as on SiriusXM radio.

2022–23Season at a Glance:

            The Live at Home season will begin on October 22 with Medea and continues with La Traviata (November 5), The Hours (December 10), Fedora (January 14), Lohengrin (March 18), Falstaff (April 1), Der Rosenkavalier (April 15), Champion (April 29), Don Giovanni (May 20), and Die Zauberflöte (June 3). All performances will be Saturday matinees transmitted live from the Met stage.