December 26, 2006


See classic opera on the big screen (Melinda Bargreen, 12/26/06, Seattle Times)

[T]hree sites are the only places in the state of Washington where the Metropolitan Opera's first live high-definition "simulcast" broadcasts into movie theaters will take place, starting Jan. 6. Only Auburn has all five of the opera broadcasts. (There's also a Dec. 30 showing of "The Magic Flute," staged by Julie Taymor and conducted by James Levine, but it won't be shown in any theaters in our state.)

The other five of the six broadcasts, sent into selected movie theaters in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. via satellite, will include Bellini's "I Puritani" (with Anna Netrebko), Tan Dun's "The First Emperor" (with Plácido Domingo), Tchaikovsky's "Eugene Onegin" (with Renée Fleming), Rossini's "The Barber of Seville" (staged by Intiman Theatre's Bartlett Sher) and Puccini's "Il Trittico" (with Salvatore Licitra and Stephanie Blythe). [...]

Eight cameras will capture the performances live at the Met and relay them to 40-foot screens in the theaters. With a U.S. cinema partner, National CineMedia, and a Canadian partner, Cineplex Entertainment, the Met is broadcasting into select movie theaters equipped with satellite-based HD (high definition) projection systems, including those of the Regal Entertainment Group (Regal Cinemas, United Artists and Edwards), Cinemark, and AMC theaters in the U.S. and Cineplex Odeon, Galaxy, and Famous Players Theatres in Canada. An estimated 135 theaters across the country have the special technology for high-definition events. Only 56 of them have signed on to present the first production, "The Magic Flute," but by the end of the first season, the number of theaters presenting the simulcasts is planned to rise to 117.

To read more about the movie-theater live broadcasts, including synopses and information about the operas, visit

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 26, 2006 10:04 AM
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