NEW YORK, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- The Metropolitan Opera in New York says hundreds of movie theaters have agreed to carry live transmissions of its 2008-09 performances.
"The Met: Live in HD" is to kick off its new season Monday with the first of 11 live opera transmissions. The opening night gala stars Renee Fleming in staged scenes from three of her most acclaimed roles.
More than 850 theaters in about 30 countries are participating in "The Met: Live in HD" this season. Several independent cinemas, performing arts organizations and universities in the United States will be presenting the series for the first time, the Met said.
The opening night transmission will be seen in the Americas only, with the remaining 10 high-definition productions to be shown live worldwide Saturdays through May 9, 2009.
Most encore presentations in the United States are to be shown Wednesdays, 11 days after the live exhibition, the Met said.