The Met needs to re-think its approach to the HD presentation.
Stage and film are different.
This is not a movie; it is a filmed stage presentation. They should use a static camera that shows the whole stage, all the time, as if one were in an opera seat.
The Met uses alternating close-ups. But these are not actors, and they cannot focus on the micro-expressions that are the essence of close-up acting. Nor do they fit their parts physically. I can suspend disbelief from a distance - but not in an intimate close-up. Voight is not a 20 year old Minnie.
Also, much of the visual pleasure of live opera is in watching the whole stage, even during solos or duets, and the reactions of other characters and the chorus. And in choosing what part of the scene to watch. All of this is mostly lost in the Met's presentation.
So - re-think. If you want close-ups, do them as an inset.
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