Last Saturday thousands of Irish opera fans were treated to the first production of the new season of New York’s renowned Met Opera. In the past, to enjoy the visual and aural delights of Verdi’s Macbeth fans would’ve had to travel to Manhattan’s impressive Metropolitan Opera House, but these days they need travel no further than an Omniplex Cinema to see the entire season of both the Met and the Royal Opera House. A total of 21 performances set to run until the end of April 2015, with some lasting up to six hours and shown in their entirety on the big screen in Dublin.

Omniplex Cinemas has been showing live international opera since 2010, when satellite technology permitted productions to be shown live, beamed to cinemas around the world in High Definition. This allows access to a greater number of fans and has opened up the opera to much wider audience, with performances being beamed to 66 other countries. As well as the Met Opera, Omniplex are screening live viewings of Royal Opera House’s new season. The Irish-owned cinema company also shows a variety of live events from the Bolshoi Ballet, major sport and last week even had a One Direction concert live from Milan.

Paul Anderson, Chairman of Omniplex Cinemas, said: “Satellite technology now allows us to show a much more than just the latest movies. We can now offer people access to exclusive events that in the past they would’ve had to travel a great distance for and pay much higher prices for tickets. This winter, in Omniplex Cinemas, you can experience live performances by the Met Opera and the Royal Opera House in HD with surround sound, or visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel in 3D, all without having to take a flight or pay for a hotel. It’s so good, that some viewers have said that they thought they were really there.”

The Omniplex’s 2014-2015 Season

OperaDateTimeDurationTitle
Met OperaSat. Oct. 11th 20146pm3h 15mMacbeth (Verdi)
Royal Opera HouseThurs. Oct. 16th 20147.15pm2h 35mManon
Met OperaSat. Oct. 18th  20146pm3h 50mLe Nozze Di Figaro (Mozart)
Royal Opera HouseMon. Oct. 27th 20147.15pm2h 35mL due Foscari
Met OperaSat. Nov. 1st 20145pm3h 40mCarmen (Bizet)
Met OperaSat. Nov. 22nd 20146pm3h 30mThe Barber of Seville (Rossini)
Royal Opera HouseWeds. Nov. 26th 20147.15pm2h 45mL’elisir d’amore
Met OperaSat. Dec. 13th 20145pm6hDie Meistersinger von Nurnberg (Wagner)
Royal Opera HouseTues. Dec 16th 20147.15pm2h 55mAlice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Met OperaSat. Jan. 17th 20156pm3hThe Merry Widow (Lehár)
Royal Opera HouseThurs. Jan 29th 20157.15pm2h 30mAndrea Chénier
Met OperaSat. Jan. 31st 20156pm3h 45mLes Contes d’Hoffmann (Offenbach)
Met OperaSat. Feb. 14th 20155.30pm3h 40mIolanta (Tchaikovsky) & Duke Bluebeard’s Castle (Bartók)
Royal Opera HouseTues. Feb, 24th 20157.15pm2h 20mDer fliegende Holländer
Met OperaSat. Mar. 14th 20155pm3h 30mLa Donna del Lago (Rossini)
Royal Opera HouseTues March 17th 20157.15pm3hSwan Lake
Royal Opera HouseWeds. April 1st 20157.15pm3hRise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny
Met OperaSat. Apr. 25th 20155.30pm3h 30mCavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni) & Pagliacci (Leoncavallo)
Royal Opera HouseTues May 5th 20157.15pm2h 15mLa Fille mal gardée
Royal Opera HouseWeds June 5th 20157.15pm2h 50mLa bohème
Royal Opera HouseSun July 5th 20152.45pm5h 40mGuillaume Tell

Omniplex’s cinemas in Rathmines Dublin; Mahon, Cork; Dooradoyle, Limerick; Dundonald, Belfast; Londonderry, Co. Derry; and Tralee, Kerry; will also show the full season of performances by both the Met Opera and the Royal Opera House.

Ticket prices for the Met Opera are:

  • €24/£20 for standard adult tickets
  • €40/£33 for premium seat tickets (if applicable)
  • €18/£15 for encore screenings
  • concessions are available for children and students, who can get a 50% reduction; and family tickets are available for two adults and two children at €60/£50

Ticket prices for the Royal Opera House are:

  • €16/£12 for standard adult tickets; and
  • €10/€8 per children aged 14 and under.

All tickets can be booked through http://www.omniplex.ie and there is also currently 10% off for customers who sign up to become My Omniplex members.

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