Met beams operas to Brit cinemas

City Screen to screen live perf of 'Magic Flute' U.K. exhib to get Met feed

U.K. indie exhibition chain City Screen has teamed with New York’s Metropolitan Opera to bring live cinecasts of a series of operas to British auds.

Deal will usher in the first transmissions of a live satellite feed from the U.S. to U.K. cinemas.

The series of six operas brought to City Screen’s 18 Picturehouse theaters live from the Met kicks off Dec. 30 with the performance of the new, 100-minute, English-language version of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute,” directed by Julie Taymor and conducted by Met music director James Levine. Show is scheduled to go live at 18:30 GMT.

City Screen installed a satellite network connecting all of its 18 theaters earlier this year and launched with a live cinecast of Amnesty Intl.’s comedy and music event “The Secret Policeman’s Ball” from London’s Royal Albert Hall on Oct. 14.

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