I'm thrilled to be going to the Metropolitan Opera this Saturday (February 14th) to see the new production of Tchaikovsky's "Iolanta" and BartĂłk's "Bluebeard's Castle" from backstage, inside the production booth, and from behind an HD camera. Each offers a different perpective on love. Here's a preview:
Dad was out of town at a college reunion, so we decided to take a trip to the movies to see the new Harry Potter with friends. Lights go down, trailers start, and then...one began. A young lad is climbing out of a taxi, ubiqitous ominous music thudding under the images...well, you can see it for yourself.
For two years I have been singing the praises of the Metropolitan Opera's LIVE HD broadcasts at local movie theaters (Met @ the Movies) based upon the input of folks who had attended. Then, last night I had my first chance to experience it at Tinseltown Theater on Buffalo Road. WOW!! Everything they said is true, and so much more.
On Saturday afternoon, hundreds of opera lovers at Victorâ€™s Regal Theatre missed significant chunks of Donizettiâ€™s â€śLa Fille du Regimentâ€ť during The Met at the Movies HD broadcast. The video broke up and the sound dropped out at the beginning of the second Act. We watched distorted faces and heard digitized squawks for about a minute. Then the screen went blue. We waited. A staff member rushed in and said they were working on the problem. About ten minutes later, the sound came back and the singers reappeared. Then it happened again. Audiences members groaned, since things were getting really interesting with the shocking disclosure of the Duchessâ€™s illegitimate daughter!