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“We need the money to survive, but this is also an artistic success,” Gelb noted. “We are a vital artistic organization not prepared to slow down at a time when artistic institutions need more than ever to show creativity and take steps forward.”

The telecasts are fueling a global audience as far away as a tiny theater in Norway’s Arctic Circle, Gelb said.

In addition to “Das Rheingold” and Wagner’s “Die Walkuere,” four other new productions will be telecast _ Modest Mussorgsky’s “Boris Godunov”; Giuseppe Verdi’s “Don Carlo”; John Adams’ “Nixon in China,” directed by the adventurous Peter Sellars; and Broadway director Bartlett Sher’s production of Gioachino Rossini’s “Le Comte Ory.” There are two revivals _ Gaetano Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale” starring Anna Netrebko and Verdi’s “Il Trovatore” _ plus a current production of Giacomo Puccini’s “La Fanciulla del West.”

Also singing “Live in HD” will be top names like mezzo-soprano Susan Graham and tenor Placido Domingo in Christopher Willibald Gluck’s “Iphigenie en Tauride”; soprano Natalie Dessay in Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor”; and soprano Renee Fleming in Richard Strauss’s “Capriccio.”

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Met’s Live in HD: http://www.metoperafamily.org/metopera/broadcast/hd_events_next.aspx