Opening Night Gala

By jhcmlc28
Written September 24, 2008
I loved the Met. The movie theater had a bit of trouble getting started - the sound system was uneven and the subtitles did not come on riight away.
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met opening night gala

By richt1
Written September 24, 2008
Except for opening 5 min or so when the subtitles did not work or the very opening minutes when there was no sound, I found the entire experience to be great.
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Metropolitan Opera Opening Night Gala: An Experience to Treasure

By Opera_in_the_Morning
Written September 24, 2008
This almost-live simulcast from the Metropolitan Opera drew more people than we'd ever seen at a single Met "movie" before. It was very exciting, and Renee Fleming was very glamorous, but we were less interested in who made her gowns and whether or not Martha Stewart was making Fleming a special drink afterward than whether the performances were good. They were excellent! Fleming herself was a little detached, probably because she was singing isolated acts rather than building dramatic momentum in one work from beginning to end. But she sang beautifully, as did Ramon Vargas, who partnered her in both Traviata and Massenet's Manon. Thomas Hampson's Germont pere, which I'd never seen before, was worth the price of admission all by himself and Robert Lloyd, as Lescaut pere, was similarly impressive. And while all the conductors were glorious, it was especially wonderful to see James Levine, after his recent health problems, looking more alert and energetic than he has in some time.
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The Metropolitan Opera: Opening Night Gala.

By nancysfilm
Written September 24, 2008
I enjoyed the performance and will come again. Negatives; No captions for the first half of the first performance The stereo sound didn't kick in till the middle of the second performance How about surround sound instead of the audio just coming from the front of the screen. Food service: Open the back cafe counter for the opera breaks with coffee, tea, and desert. At the second fifteen minuet break, there was no one attending the front coffee counter for longest time. We (ten of us) asked the fella taking tickets at the door but he could not leave is post and just shrug us off. Then we approached the cashier three times before someone was called off their break. Poorly anticipated staff needs for the opera crowd.
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The Metropolitan Opera: Opening Night Gala

By LadyAnubis
Written September 24, 2008
The opening night gala on 9/22/08 was my first experience with the Met Live in HD. While the performances were superb, there were some technical difficulties (no sound during majority of intro segment, missing subtitles during first 20-30 minutes of performance, yellow-green cast to picture), although it was hard to tell whether those were the fault of the Regal Natomas Marketplace theatre in Sacramento or the transmission from NYC. Still well worth the $22.
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