I’M READY FOR MY CLOSE-UP, MR. PUCCINI


Are HD broadcasts changing the future of opera?
5/3/2012

When you walk to your seat in a movie theater for one of the "Live in HD" broadcasts of the Metropolitan Opera, your experience begins with the sound: the instantly recognizable, immediately comforting hum of instruments tuning and the audience stirring, piped in live from the Met itself. I heard it when I stepped into the Murdock Theater in Wichita, KS last November to attend the screening of Philip Glass's Satyagraha, part of a season in which I traveled throughout the country, attending the Met's 11 HD broadcasts. It was the same reassuring bustle, whether I was about to see Verdi's Traviata in a theater over a casino in Las Vegas or Mozart’s Don Giovanni in the middle of a snowstorm in Boston.

By Zachary Woolfe as seen in The New York Times