It is possible to view a simulcast of Metropolitan Opera performances at participating movie theaters. Theater chains that offer these simulcasts include AMC Theatres and the Regal Entertainment Group. A listing of theaters airing the simulcasts is available on the Metropolitan Opera's website, MetOpera.org.
The Metropolitan Opera began airing simulcast presentations of its performances in 2006. The Metropolitan Opera broadcasts the performances live and in high definition. Initially, over 100 theaters in the United States, Canada, Japan, Great Britain and several other countries offered the simulcasts. These simulcasts were a great success, and, as of 2016, they air on over 2,000 screens in 70 countries.
During the 2015-2016 season, the Metropolitan Opera aired simulcasts of ten operas and one holiday encore. The operas featured have included "Il Trovatore," "Otello," "Turandot," "Manon Lescaut," and "Madama Butterfly." Typically, the simulcasts air on Saturday afternoons, with some theaters offering an encore showing on Wednesday evenings. The simulcast audience members also have the opportunity to see interviews with the cast and crew during intermissions.
The Metropolitan Opera, founded in 1880, performs at the Metropolitan Opera House at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City. Renee Fleming and Placido Domingo are among the well-known singers who have performed with the company.