Cheap Date Alert: Met Operas, Screened for Free


A screening of “La Cenerentola” at Lincoln Center last year. The Met will again set out some 3,000 chairs — for a screening of Ingmar Bergman’s film of “The Magic Flute,” followed by 10 nights of other performances.

Hiroyuki Ito for The New York Times

One of New York City’s great cheap-date opportunities — the Metropolitan Opera’s annual free screenings of operas on Lincoln Center Plaza — will return on Aug. 25 with Ingmar Bergman’s film of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” followed by 10 nights of Met performances.

The Met will once again set out some 3,000 folding chairs on the plaza for its annual al fresco “Summer HD Festival,” which often feels something like what you would get if you crossed a night at the opera with a drive-in movie. This year’s festival will feature several operatic highlights from last season — including Anna Netrebko as Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin,” Plácido Domingo as Verdi’s “Nabucco,” and Sonya Yoncheva and Michael Fabiano in Verdi’s “La Traviata.”

You can watch a bit of that “Traviata” here: