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Metropolitan Opening Night

By Leadbetterlover
Written September 24, 2008
It was a fabulous, magical, educational night. Most people can't afford to attend the Met in person and this is the next best thing. Plus, it offers many advantages you don't get if you attend in person. It is awe inspiring to see how the sets are moved about and to be able to see and hear what is going on backstage. It was wonderful to have real opera singers interview the various performing and backstage workers as the opera was in progress. These are things I never get to hear or see when I attend my local opera house performances. There are no words for the beauty and depth of the singers performances. Every singer was magnificent and their voices together transcend words. I am so happy to be able to lengthen out the opera season and to hear and see performances that I would otherwise not be able to attend through the HD series from the Met that I cannot thank you enough. I recommend this series of events to all people, whether or not they are opera afficionados.
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Stupendous

By Lilac_Girl
Written September 26, 2008
Great coverage of Opening Night Gala. Many interesting features. Excellent Mistress of Ceremonies. bonus: Mixed drink recipe from Martha Stewart.
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By atgardener
Written September 30, 2008
The sound system at the Regal Theatre in Victor, N.Y. had some problems. I hope that thet are corrected before the next opera! We do love the idea of the broadcasts!!!!!!!!!!
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HD Live Gala Metropolitan Opera Opening Night

By Henrietta Boo
Written September 25, 2008
The whole production live from the stage of the Met in NYC was spectular. The interviews before the performance and during the intermissions were interesting. I especially loved watching the stage being set up for the next act. Gary Halvorson is a very good director. Unfortunately, the three women sitting next to me were especially rude. Speaking in normal voice instead of whispering was distracting. When asked to whisper, they threw me a harsh look and continued chatting. The one woman sitting next to me ate her popcorn in the loudest way possible, crumpling the bag loudly every time she took a handful of popcorn. When she was finished eating, she began picking her teeth and flicking whatever on the floor! Disgusting! It was difficult concentrating on the screen.
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By gerontius
Written September 25, 2008
the "Capriccio" scene was by far the most successful act of the night. Her voice is ideally suited to the arc of the Strauss line. The costume in the "Traviata" act was ludicrous.
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