This Saturday, October 11th, at 1:00 p.m. the Metropolitan Opera will present the next HD broadcast live in movie theaters across the country. Richard Strauss' Salome will feature Finnish soprano Karita Mattila, Ildiko Komlosi, Kim Begley, Joseph Kaiser, baritone Juha Uusitalo as Jochanaan, and conductor Mikko Franck.
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.
This morning’s Democrat and Chronicle reported that Sweden’s King Gustaf has awarded the 2008 Polar Music Prize to Rochester native Renée Fleming. You have the opportunity to see and hear Renée on the Big Screen in the very first Metropolitan Opera Live in HD theatre presentation on Monday September 22, 2008 at 6:30 p.m.
I have a friend who works at the Democrat & Chronicle and she has this idea that classical music ought to be covered more like sports events. Peter Gelb, the general manager of the Metropolitan Opera, apparently agrees. In this video, he likens the backstage segments of the Met’s HD simulcasts to a locker room visit during half time at the Super Bowl.
On another operatic note, Bryant Manning, a music stringer at the Chicago Sun-Times and Time Out Chicago sent an e-mail to the NEA Fellows I met in New York last month. He writes:
“Yesterday I interviewed the Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky, and
he voluntarily brought up Renee Fleming. When we were in NY, Ms.
Fleming was lambasted by some as a terrible and overrated singer. So
for entertainment purposes, I thought *some* of you might be surprised
he said this: