The Met: Live in HD continued its twelfth season Saturday with its live transmission of Puccini’s La Bohème, taking in an estimated attendance of 84,885 North America and earning a gross of $1.875 million. It was seen live on more than 900 screens. An estimated additional 132,000 people saw it live on 800 screens in 37 countries in Europe, 11 countries in Latin America, Russia, Egypt, Israel, Jamaica, and Morocco.
Delayed showings throughout Asia, Australia, Madagascar, New Zealand and South Africa, and encore performances in North America and Europe, are expected to boost worldwide attendance of La Bohème to more than 325,000. The encore screenings in the U.S are on Wednesday, February 28; encore screenings in Canada are on April 7, 9, and 11.
Often called the world’s most popular opera, Franco Zefferelli’s classic production starred Sonya Yoncheva and Michael Fabiano as the young lovers Mimi and Rodolfo, with Susanna Phillips as Musetta and Lucas Meachem as Marcello. The performance was conducted by Marco Armiliato.
The live transmission, hosted by Kelli O’Hara, was directed for cinema by Matthew Diamond.
The Met: Live in HD, the Met’s award-winning series of live transmissions to movie theaters and performing arts centers around the world, has expanded its worldwide distribution to more than 2200 theaters in 73 countries this season and has sold more than 24 million tickets since its inception in 2006.
La Bohème was the sixth of ten live transmissions to be shown this season. The next transmission will be Semiramide, Rossini’s rarely-performed masterpiece of vocal fireworks, on Saturday, March 10. The all-star bel canto cast, led by Maurizio Benini, features Angela Meade in the title role of the murderous Queen of Babylon, who squares off in breathtaking duets with Arsace, a trouser role sung by Elizabeth DeShong. Javier Camarena, Ildar Abdrazakov, and Ryan Speedo Green complete the cast.