Opera has held high interest for most of my life but the Met Opera in HD experience has increased my joy with its intensity to the point of my not ever wanting to miss an HD production. This is even though attending the Met whenever I'm in New York is obligatory . . the vibes there can't be duplicated elsewhere.

But the immediacy and impact of what can be provided so adroitly on the screen does not happen in the originating hall. It is an entirely new medium that has been produced.

My gratitude for Joseph Gelb for bringing to our senses the theatre production excitement, with sets that astound, voices that enlarge the heart, acting that is deeply involving, technical usage that may not be noticed but does provide opera that is worthy of the highest expectations. It is opera, a traditional form, brought to creative new levels for the next generations.

I so thank you, Mr. Gelb, for what you have accomplished with the grand dame . . opera.

Edna Bradford Ratner