OT: The Met In HD
Today I attended the last of this year’s Metropolitan Opera HD Simulcasts. If you haven’t heard of this, it’s a new project the Met launched this year to try to revive opera’s declining fortunes and the Met’s sagging attendance by broadcasting select shows live in High-Def at a couple hundred movie theaters around the country (with subtitles). By most available accounts it’s been a wild success.
This afternoon’s show was Donizetti’s La Fille du Regiment, a romantic comedy best known for the first-act tenor aria that contains nine high-C’s (Pavarotti put himself on the map with this one song), though the second-act today contained a D-flat for the tenor as well. Of course he nailed both magnificently. This is the Met. The spoken text has been updated, but otherwise the show plays in the original and is a blast. It’s pretty light fare as opera goes, and the story is helped along in this production by the frolicsome female lead, the French Natalie Dessay.
I have nowhere to go with this other than to say if you can catch one of these shows, you should (the simulcasts will expand to 11 next year and La Boheme is being rebroadcast in early May). They’re infinitely affordable ($24 a ticket today), and it’s really the first time that top-notch opera is available to us unwashed masses, who can take some of the best operatic works for a test drive on the cheap and in street clothes. Encore!Email this Post