During the intermission features of every Live in HD performance the audience is encouraged to
attend a true opera performance at the opera house because "although the sound is wonderful in the HD experience, it is even better live in the house." Sorry--I couldn't disagree more. Why should I pay for air-fare, a hotel for several nights, food, car or subway fare, plus huge ticket prices when I can sit in a nice movie theater with stadium seating and see and hear better than any seat in the live house? I hope the Live in HD performances are here to stay, and that they will have sense enough to produce them on DVD for purchase. We had a "golden age" of Met telecasts in the 80's and 90's, and those were how us non-New Yorkers were able to stay in touch with the world of opera. Now we have even better. If you like opera and have never attended a Live in HD performance---you owe it to yourself to go! It is BETTER than attending the performance in New York.
Very few people can afford to fly to New York City, purchase a ticket to the Metropolitan Opera, and
enjoy the show live. However, with the Live in HD Series we have the next best thing. The glitches seem to be worked out that caused outages in the past; November 5ths "Siegfried" was flawlessly broadcast. For $24 we were witness to a history-making performance. Jay Hunter Morris--a native Texan (check him out on YouTube!) jumped in at the last minute to take on what Renee Fleming rightly pronounced as the "most demanding tenor role in all opera." With a burnished heldentenor akin to the late Jon Vickers and a dramatic sensilbility this opera-lover has never seen in any "Ring" performance beforehand, Morris took command of this third installment in Wagner's epic "Ring" tetralogy. Not that he was alone. Bryn Terfel, Deborah Voight et al were a dream cast, and the new Robert Lapage production--though not perfect--shows what modern technology can do to update an old art form.
I spent over $300 to take 12 college students to see Turandot. It was my first Live in HD
experience and for the students, their first opera. How disappointing that there were continual problems with audio cutting out, and even total loss of signal several times. For $22 a ticket plus $2 tax this was ridiculous. I won't be going again.
The Metropolitan Opera: Ernani
The Metropolitan Opera: Siegfried
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