Written September 28, 2016
The Met Opera HD series is a wonderful way to complement a live opera experience. The sound quality in the movie theaters is poor, so you do need to see the opera live to appreciate the singing. What you get in the film is the close-up visual element, the acting, and the drama. Tosca is particularly appropriate for HD film as it is a very dramatic story with lots of wild and violent goings-on (intrigue, murder, attempted rape, suicide, assassination), and a strong, forceful heroine (unusual for opera). An extra treat with this film is the inclusion (during intermission) of a segment on James Levine rehearsing the Met opera singers for the upcoming "Falstaff."
Written September 23, 2014
It was wonderful! The interviews with the stars of Tosca, the crew moving the sets around, the costumes: it was magic watching this great show. It is better than actually being there and affordable.
Written February 08, 2016
We loved watching Tosca on the big screen. We are long time subscribers to Lyric Opera, and find this to be a great addition to the performances we attend there.
Patricia Racette, Roberto Alagna and George Gadnidze captivated us not only with their beautiful singing, but also with the passion of their acting.
It was great fun to watch the intermissions behind stage. Something we don't see at an opera house performance.
It was interesting to see that many members of the audience at this performance were elderly who have difficulty with mobility. We believe they are opera lovers who find it difficult to attend performances in the opera house, but love opera, and find the movie theatre an option they can handle. If so, what a wonderful way for them to continue to enjoy something they love!
Written November 16, 2013
The Opera was beautifully staged by the Met. However to see the show it has to be booked in advance and because the seats are not numbered you have to be there at least an hour in advance to get a decent seat. Why don't movie house recognize adults and sell coffee
Written November 12, 2013
The theater in which this excellent HD Met broadcast does not have proper binaural sound. A quality opera broadcast costing $25 should at least have sound from all the speakers.