In December 2006, the Metropolitan Opera of New York launched the program “The Met: Live in HD”, a series of performance transmissions shown live in high definition in movie theaters around the world. The series expanded from an initial 6 transmissions per season to 10 transmissions in the 2014–15 season and today it reaches more than 2,200 venues in 73 countries across six continents. The Met: Live in HD is the largest provider of alternative cinema content in the world, with more than 26 million tickets sold since the inception of the series.
Antenna Group, has always been the supporter of high quality cultural events in Greece. Antenna Group has acquired in 2011, the exclusive distribution rights of The Met: Live in HD series for Greece and Cyprus. The venues network of Antenna Group is expanding every year and reaches the largest and most respected venues all over Greece and Cyprus. Among them, there is the Athens Concert Hall and Thessaloniki Concert Hall.
The Metropolitan Opera was founded in 1883, with its first opera house built on Broadway and 39th Street by a group of wealthy businessmen who wanted their own theater. The Metropolitan Opera is a vibrant home for the most creative and talented artists, including singers, conductors, composers, orchestra musicians, stage directors, designers, visual artists, choreographers, and dancers from around the world. Ιt is known as the venue for the world’s greatest voices.
In the summer of 2006, Peter Gelb became the Met’s 16th General Manager. The Met has been elevating the company’s theatrical standards by significantly increasing the number of new productions, staged by the most imaginative directors working in theater and opera. Under Peter Gelb’s management, the Met succeeded to launch the innovative The Met: Live in HD series, gradually from one test performance in 2006 to an award winning successful global program.
The Metropolitan Opera has always engaged many of the world’s most important artists. The Met has given the U.S. premieres of some of the most important operas in the repertory. Among Wagner’s works, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Das Rheingold, Siegfried, Götterdämmerung, Tristan und Isolde, and Parsifal were first performed in this country by the Met. Other American premieres have included Boris Godunov, Der Rosenkavalier, Turandot, Simon Boccanegra, and Arabella. The Met’s 31 world premieres include Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West and Il Trittico, Humperdinck’s Königskinder, and five recent works—John Corigliano and William Hoffman’s The Ghosts of Versailles (1991), Philip Glass’s The Voyage (1992), John Harbison’s The Great Gatsby (1999), Tobias Picker’s An American Tragedy (2005), and Tan Dun’s The First Emperor (2006) and the Baroque pastiche The Enchanted Island (2011), devised and written by Jeremy Sams, with music by Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau, and others. An additional 53 operas have had their Met premieres since 1976.
Each season the Met stages more than 200 opera performances in New York. More than 800,000 people attend the performances in the opera house during the season, and millions more experience the Met through new media distribution initiatives and state-of-the-art technology due to The Met: Live in HD series.