The Met: Live in HD , the Metropolitan Opera's award-winning series of live high-definition cinema simulcasts, will begin its 13th season on October 6, with the Met's grand production of Verdi's Aida , starring one of the world's most acclaimed sopranos, Anna Netrebko .

The company also announced that Yannick Nézet-Séguin will become the Met's Music Director for the start of the 2018-19 season, accelerating his arrival in the post by two seasons.

"It is wonderful for the entire company that Yannick Nézet-Séguin will assume the position of Music Director two seasons ahead of schedule," said General Manager PeterGelb .  "The orchestra loves him, the chorus loves him, everyone in the building loves him. He is a truly great artist under whom the Met will only thrive."  It was also announced that the Neubauer Family Foundation, founding sponsors of the Met's Live in HD  transmissions to movie theaters, has made a $15 million gift to name the Music Director position in honor of Nézet-Séguin's   appointment. In recognition of this gift, the position will be called the Jeanette Lerman-Neubauer Music Director .  Gelb said, "The Met is so fortunate to be the recipient of such enlightened and generous philanthropy from two of our most loyal supporters, who believe in the power of transformative gifts."

The 2018-19 Live in HD season features ten transmissions, including four new productions: Saint-Saëns's Samson et Dalila ,   directed by Darko Tresnjak  and conducted by Sir Mark Elder with Elīna Garanča and Roberto Alagna in the title roles; the U.S. premiere production of  Nico Muhly 's Marnie, based on Winston Graham's suspenseful thriller, directed by Michael Mayer with Isabel Leonard as the title character; Mayer' s new staging of Verdi's La Traviata, conducted by incoming Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and starring Diana Damrau ,  Juan Diego Flórez , and Quinn Kelsey ; and Cilea's Adriana Lecouvreur ,   starring Anna Netrebko in the title role, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda in Sir David McVicar's new staging. In addition to Aida  and the four new productions, Live in HD audiences will have the chance to see Poulenc's 20th-century masterpiece Dialogues des Carmélites  for the first time in cinemas, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin , along with classic revivals of Puccini's La Fanciulla del West ,   with Eva-Maria Westbroek  as Minnie and Jonas Kaufmann  as Dick Johnson ; Richard Eyre 's acclaimed production of Bizet's Carmen , starring Clémentine Margaine  as the alluring gypsy, opposite Roberto Alagna  as Don José; Laurent Pelly 's   whimsical reimagining of Donizetti's La Fille du Régiment , with  Javier Camarena and  Pretty Yende as Tonio and Marie; and the most popular of Wagner's four epic  Ring operas,  Die Walküre ,   with Christine Goerke as Brünnhilde.

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Season at a Glance: The Met: Live in HD 2018-19
The Live in HD  season will begin on Saturday, October 6 at 12:55PM with Aida . Future transmissions are as follows: Samson et Dalila (October 20 at 12:55PM); La Fanciulla del West (October 27 at 12:55PM); Marnie (November 10 at 12:55PM); La Traviata  (December 15 at 12:55PM); Adriana Lecouvreur (January 12 at 12:55PM); Carmen   (February 2 at 12:55PM); La Fille du Régiment (March 2 at 12:55PM); Die Walküre (March 30 at 12PM); and Dialogues des Carmélites   (May 11 at 12PM). All ten operas will be Saturday matinee performances, transmitted live from the Met stage. All start times are Eastern Time. Please check local listings for rebroadcast dates and times