Since the beginning of the Metropolitan Opera simulcasts, the Riverview Theater on Delaware Avenue
in Philadelphia has disappointed its audience by presenting LOUSY sound. The sound is never loud enough. The volume is often so low that one can scarcely hear the audio. This is not the way to see and hear an opera. Friends have consistently and continously complained to management, during the performance, at intermissions, and after the end of the performance. Nothing ever changes. No accommodation is made. At every simulcast the volume is too low.
I don't care about the Rivervies Theater and its business, but I do care about the Metropolitan Opera and its simulcasts. If the Riverview Theater management does not accommodate its audiences' wishes, they will soon find that their audience will go elsewhere.
If anyone has any ideas about how to solve this problem, I hope they will take action.
My rating "OH NO" reflects the sound quality, not the performance.
The Metropolitan Opera continues to do a great service to opera lovers by presenting simulcasts of
operas. Going to a simulcast is a terrific way to see an opera one has never seen before. This was the case for me with Thais. For only $20 I got to see an opera which is seldom performed and which I have never even heard, let alone see. Now I understand why. It is a boring opera with a banal premise and uninspired music. It has two memorable melodies, one of which is for a solo violin, not a singer!
The Met production was not up to the standards of its other new productions. But the intermission reatures continue to be very well done, interesting and informative.
The Met also needs to improve its camera angles and camera work in general. There are far too many close-ups and not enough wide shots that enable the viewer to see what is going on across the entire stage.
The Riverview Theater in Philadelphia where I saw it finally got the sound level right and the temperature, too.
Manon Lescaut I
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