Mezzo Live HD launches in Canada

DetailsMichelle Clancy | 21 May 2015

Mezzo Live HD, the cable network owned by the Lagardère group and France Televisions, has launched in Canada.

The network, which focuses on classical music, jazz and dance, is already broadcast in 50 countries and watched by 28 million subscribers.

"Mezzo Live HD is inviting Canadian viewers to the finest concert halls," it said in a statement. "This is a rare chance for viewers to fully experience — from the comfort of their home — the emotion of a live performance captured in the best possible technical conditions. Thanks to high definition and superb sound quality, Mezzo Live HD takes you as close as you will get to musical sensitivity."

It said that it would provide content that is suitable for all ages, which will be rich in live performances. To do so, the network is teaming up with musical institutions around the world, including the Paris Opera and Paris Orchestra, Berlin Staatsoper, Salzburg Festival, Bolshoi, Berlin Philharmonic, Aix-en-Provence Festival, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Jazz in Marciac, Théâtre de Chaillot and the Vienna Opera.

Mezzo HD also announced two new partnerships for the Canadian launch, with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal and the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal. Next season, Mezzo Live HD will co-produce the filming of new concerts, in addition to a full month devoted to the Montreal Symphony Orchestra this autumn.