Empire Theatres presents the 2007-2008 Season of The New York Metropolitan Opera: Live in High Definition



    HALIFAX, Sept. 6 /CNW/ - Opera lovers will again be able to enjoy the
critically acclaimed "Metropolitan Opera: Live in High-Definition" program
series of live opera transmissions into movie theatres at select Empire
Theatres' locations. The series will be expanding in 2007-08 from six to eight
live opera transmissions, beginning on December 15, 2007, with Gounod's Roméo
et Juliette, starring Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazsn, conducted by Placido
Domingo.
    "The response from fans to last season's Met Opera presentations was
overwhelming. We are looking forward to again being able to generate that kind
of excitement with another line-up of world class opera, at a price that will
allow fans to enjoy not just one, but all eight performances." said Dean
Leland, Vice President of Marketing and Media for Empire Theatres. "Empire
Theatres has been working hard to expand the number of high-quality
Alternative Content events that we present, and we are delighted with the
renewal of our partnership with the Met - the first of many exciting programs
we will be announcing over the next few months."
    Last year's inaugural series of High-Definition (HD) transmissions from
the Met captured international headlines, reaching 325,000 audience members
around the world who attended performances relayed into movie
theaters-including both live and encore presentations. This year, the HD
series features three exciting new productions from the Met's 2007-08 season,
stunning performances in the Met's beloved repertory, and a special holiday
presentation.
    This season, Met Opera Members at the $125 (US) level or above, will be
able to purchase tickets for "Metropolitan Opera: Live in High-Definition" for
the entire season in advance of the general public, at any participating
Empire Theatre box office beginning Friday, October 19th. For information on
becoming a Met Opera Member visit www.metopera.org/hd or call 1-800-Met-Opera
(1-800-638-6737).
    Sales to the general public will begin Friday, November 9th, at
participating theatre box offices.
    Tickets for "Metropolitan Opera: Live in High Definition" are $19.95
(plus tax) for adults and $16.95 (plus tax) for children and seniors.

    "Metropolitan Opera: Live in High-Definition" will be presented at:

      Empire Studio 12 - St. John's, NL
      Empire Studio 10 - Sydney, NS
      Empire 8, Park Lane - Halifax, NS
      Empire Dartmouth Crossing - Dartmouth, NS
      Empire Studio 8 - Charlottetown, PEI
      Empire 10 Cinemas, Regent Mall - Fredericton, NB
      Empire Studio 10 - Saint John, NB
      Empire 8, Trinity Drive - Moncton, NB

    Roméo et Juliette - Gounod
    Live Saturday December 15th, 2007
    Encore Saturday January 5th

    Conductor: Placido Domingo; Production: Guy Joosten; Anna Netrebko,
    Isabel Leonard, Rolando Villazsn, Nathan Gunn, Robert Lloyd

    Hansel and Gretel - Humperdinck
    Tuesday January 1st, 2008
    Encore Saturday January 26th

    Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski; Production: Richard Jones; Christine
    Schdfer, Alice Coote, Rosalind Plowright, Philip Langridge, Alan Held

    MET - Macbeth - Verdi
    Saturday January 12th
    Encore Saturday February 9th

    Conductor: James Levine; Production: Adrian Noble; Roberto Aronica, Lado
    Ataneli, John Relyea

    MET - Manon Lescaut - Puccini
    Saturday February 16th
    Encore Saturday March 1st

    Conductor: James Levine; Karita Mattila, Marcello Giordani, Dwayne Croft,
    Dale Travis

    MET - Peter Grimes - Britten
    Saturday March 15th
    Encore Saturday March 29th

    Conductor: Donald Runnicles; Production: John Doyle; Patricia Racette,
    Anthony Dean Griffey, Anthony Michaels-Moore

    MET - Tristan und Isolde - Wagner
    Saturday March 22nd
    Encore Saturday April 12th

    Conductor: James Levine; Production: Dieter Dorn; Deborah Voigt, Michelle
    DeYoung, Ben Heppner, Eike Wilm Schulte, Matti Salminen

    MET - La Bohème - Puccini
    Saturday April 5th
    Encore Saturday May 3rd

    Conductor: Nicola Luisotti; Production: Franco Zeffirelli; Angela
    Gheorghiu, Ainhoa Arteta, Ramsn Vargas, Ludovic Tézier, Quinn Kelsey,
    Oren Gradus, Paul Plishka

    MET - La Fille du Régiment - Donizetti
    Saturday, April 26th
    Encore Saturday May 10th

    Conductor: Marco Armiliato; Production: Laurent Pelly; Natalie Dessay,
    Felicity Palmer, Juan Diego Flsrez, Alessandro Corbelli, Zoe Caldwell

    About Empire Theatres Limited

    Empire Theatres Limited is a 100% owned subsidiary of Empire Company
Limited with its corporate headquarters in Stellarton, NS and regional offices
in Halifax, NS, Toronto, ON and Calgary, AB. Empire Theatres owns and operates
52 theatres (including one IMAX Theatre in Halifax NS) from Newfoundland to
British Columbia.
    Empire Theatres is Canada's second largest film exhibition company
providing an exciting out-of-home entertainment experience including
traditional film exhibition as well as other content using its digital and
satellite capabilities.
    With approximately 3,000 employees, Empire Theatres provides excellent
employment opportunities for the youth of Canada in an exciting and energetic
industry.

    About the Met

    Under the leadership of General Manager Peter Gelb and Music Director
James Levine, the Metropolitan Opera has launched many new initiatives to
connect the company with a larger audience. The Met has made a commitment to
presenting modern masterpieces alongside the classic repertory, with highly
theatrical productions featuring the greatest opera stars in the world. New
audience development initiatives include free open houses that offer the
public access to final dress rehearsals of new Met productions; reduced ticket
prices, including an immensely popular new rush ticket program; and the new
Arnold and Marie Schwartz Gallery Met exhibiting contemporary art. As a result
of these efforts, the Met experienced its first box office increase in five
years during the 2006-07 season: total ticket sales increased by 7.1% from the
previous season, with 88 performances selling out compared to 22 the season
before. In 2007-08, the Met will debut seven new productions, the most the Met
has presented in one season in 40 years.
    Building on 76 years of international Saturday radio broadcasts - now
heard over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network -
the Met recently began to use advanced media distribution platforms and
state-of-the-art technology to attract new audiences and reach millions of
opera fans around the world. In addition to the Met's live transmissions,
which were later broadcast on PBS's new "Great Performances at the Met," the
company recently launched Metropolitan Opera Radio on Sirius, a 24-hour
satellite radio channel broadcasting both live and rare historical
performances. With support from RealNetworks(R), the Met began free live
streaming of performances on its website. For more information, please visit:
www.metopera.org.




For further information:

For further information: Dean Leland, Vice President Marketing and
Media, Empire Theatres Limited - Halifax, (902) 876-4844,
dean.leland@empiretheatres.com; Sommer Hixson, Metropolitan Opera, (212)
870-7457, shixson@metopera.org; www.metopera.org/hdlive

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