La Boheme

By pkohn1
Written April 06, 2014
One of the greatest tragic operas at the Brandon, Florida IMAX theaters was like listening to the Star Wars version. The opera theater was surrounded by the movies Captain America and Noah. It sounded like a fight to determine the end of world and completely spoilt the experience of watching La Boheme. Totally unacceptable. During one of the very few quiet spells from the neighboring theaters it was possible to hear the opera live sound but audio sounded hollow and therefore very moving arias did not come across with the emotional experience it should have been. The staging of the opera was fantastic but the IMAX colours were muted as though the colours were filtered. I realize I was seeing the opera live for a fraction of the price of actually being at the Met but was very dissapointed.As this was the first time I have watched an opera via IMAX I don't know if the dismal colours and sound were the result of the theater or this is normal. Would not recommend
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Met in HD - La Boheme

By tourphil
Written April 06, 2014
I go to the Met in HD every opportunity I have. It is a must for opera lovers, a great Metropolitan Opera initiative. And in this case, since La Boheme is a very well-known, user-friendly opera, I invited both my daughter and my 11-year old grandson to join me; they came directly from his lacrosse game and he stayed awake and attentive to the final "Mimi, Mimi" (coincidentally, the name that all our grandchildren use for their grandmother). Having said all that, I was disappointed with the lighting, particularly in acts one and two (how could the famous Zefferelli scene on the left bank be so difficult to see?). And I was equally unhappy with the sound. This was certainly not surround sound. We were not bathed in sound. Was it the theater (Snowden, Columbia, MD) or the transmission? Who knows? But it was not what we have come to expect and deserve from the Met in HD. I hope Mr. Gelb is aware.
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La Boheme

By marialhassel
Written April 06, 2014
Movie house too crowded and noisy clients.....they come early and hoard four to five seats....out of town clients can't buy tickets before 48 hours prior to start.....why not split it into two dYs of matinee..
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INCREDIBLE!

By treynuf
Written April 06, 2014
Incredible performance! The singer for Mimi learned everything that morning. First ever performer in the history of the New York Metropolitan Opera to finish a lead role on Friday, and then do another lead role the next day. Absolutely impressive. The costumes, production, voices and everything were also top-notch, especially Rodolfo and Musetta. The story itself is a classic love and loss story, with bits of hilarity, and famous tunes and pieces. Must go.
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La Boheme HD production of Metropolitan Opera, New York

By pattydukedn
Written April 06, 2014
I have been an opera fan for years, and I believe that these Met productions that broadcast performances live around the world are brilliant. During intermissions between acts, we theater viewers got to watch lively, informative interviews and watch the backstage crews preparing each set for the different acts, while the live audience in New York sees only a beautiful curtain! As for performances, every single singer performed brilliantly! Special praise goes to Kristine Opalais, who stepped in with only a few hour's notice to portray Mimi flawlessly, after having performed Butterfly the previous night! She stepped in for the lead soprano who had the flu, and performed beautifully and powerfully -- as if the role had been her own for months.
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