The Met opera is always great and this was no exception. The new star, Lyudmyla Monastyrska clearly has a big career ahead of her--wonderful singing with perfect control of the soft passages. The HD broadcasts are fabulous for the closeups you get and for the backstage interviews.

But the theaters must solve their technical problems with this kind of transmission. There was a big shadow over the bottom of the screen (11th Street and 3rd Avenue) for the first few minutes, and then after it was corrected there were occasional roars from what I imagine was the heating/air conditioning system--very distracting. The same kind of roar was also present in the Rgal theater (Union Square) where I went three weeks ago to see 'The Clemenza di Tito." I hope Fandango will use its influence to improve this deficiency.