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Please work the kinks out of the sound system!

By Kathytuite
Written November 09, 2009
Turandot was brilliant...one of my favorites. The HD transmission, however, was terrible. The sound cut out every ten minutes or so and we lost visual more than once. A quarter of the audience walked out (I hope they received a refund). I was so looking forward to seeing the performance that I couldn't bear leaving.
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Turandot, Met Live in HD

By Cinematica
Written November 08, 2009
Loved this production! Unfortunately, the sound quality emanating from New York was very bad for the first act. Corrections made for mostly improved second and third acts.
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Turandot

By vinmor
Written November 08, 2009
This Opera is one of my favorites and I think Puccini"s best, as this production is unequaled, saying that, this is the first time after attending many HD telecast that technical difficulty disrupted the smooth running....It didn't away from the Opera but it was very agravating... the question is...was it the equipment in the theater or the Met...or on transmission itself..guess we will never know
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Turandot in HD

By Regal Park Met
Written November 10, 2009
Turandot was spectacular with wonderful singing, great conducting and orchestra performance, and excellent intermission features, Sadly, this was all marred by the intermittent loss of sound track and screen viewing. I am assuming this was from the Met's transmission but the same thing has happened before at the Citrus Park showings. Something needs to be done about this as you will lose many customers. My wife and I love Turandot. The sets. costumes and staging enhanced the glorious muisic so we had a most satisfying afternoon despite the glitches. One lady sitting next to us had never attended an opera before and she was thrilled. It would be good for teenagers who like classical music and any adults who like theater and classical music.
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MetOp Turandot

By morgandude
Written November 10, 2009
We absolutely LOVED what we could see. Unfortunately the audio was frequently dropping out and the video would frequently blank out to. The worst of it was at the pinnacle of the opera when Calaf was replying to the three riddles when the video and audio totally blanked out causing us to not see/hear what was going on. Talk about a bummer... Theater management felt bad and issued a free movie pass to each ticket holder. Management assured us it was not an equipment issue on their end and was the video/audio feed direct from the Met that was the cause of the issues. So all the other theaters seem to have suffered the same fate. We had hoped with this being my first opera experience that it would have been a more quality showing... We throughly enjoyed the behind the scenes interviews held between the Acts. We certainly may reconsider going to future HD Operas at the theater. It is a wonderful concept but not fully realized with all the technical issues for the money.
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