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January 14, 2010 06:00 ET

Cineplex Entertainment's 2009-10 The Met: Live in HD Season Continues with Bizet's Carmen on Saturday, January 16th

Montreal native Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducts

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 14, 2010) - Cineplex Entertainment (TSX:CGX.UN)

WHAT: Cineplex Entertainment is pleased to announce that the fourth
season of the very popular The Met: Live in HD continues with an
afternoon transmission of Bizet's Carmen this Saturday, January
16th at 1 pm ET hosted by acclaimed soprano Renee Fleming.

Carmen marks the sixth performance of the season as part of
The Met: Live in HD series and will be transmitted live from New
York via satellite in High-Definition into more than 90 Cineplex
Entertainment theatres across the country.

One of the most popular operas of all time, Carmen "is about sex,
violence, and racism- and its corollary: freedom," says Olivier
Award-winning director Richard Eyre about his new production of
Bizet's drama. "It is one of the inalienably great works of art.
It's sexy, in every sense. And I think it should be shocking.
" Elina Garanca sings the seductive gypsy opposite Roberto Alagna
as the obsessed Don Jose. Barbara Frittoli sings Micaela and
Mariusz is the toreador Escamillo in other leading roles.

This opera will be conducted by Yannick Nezet-Seguin, one of the
hottest young conductors in the world. A native of Montreal, where
he studied piano at the Conservatoire, he completed his studies by
master classes with renowned conductors, including the great
Italian Maestro Carlo Maria Giulini. As the Artistic Director and
Principal Conductor of Montreal's Orchestre Metropolitain since
March 2000, Yannick has dramatically raised the orchestra's
standards and popularity, sharing with his musicians rigor and
passion for music of different styles. In September 2008, he was
unanimously chosen by the musicians to succeed Valery Gergiev as
Music Director of the prestigious Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.
The same year, he became the Principal Guest Conductor of the
London Philharmonic Orchestra. In August 2008, he made his
acclaimed debut at the Salzburg Festival conducting the Mozarteum's
Orchestra in a new production of Gounod's Romeo et Juliette
starring Rolando Villazon and Nino Machaidze. This new production
of Bizet's Carmen, already acclaimed by the public as well as the
critics of New York, marks Yannick Nezet-Seguin's debut on December
31st, 2009 conducting Carmen at The Metropolitan Opera of New York.

An encore performance of Carmen will be shown in select theatres on
Saturday, March 13th.

WHEN: Saturday, January 16th at 1 pm ET

WHERE: For more information, participating locations and to purchase
tickets, visit

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