Tuesday September 22, 2020

Classical Notes: Met's revolutionary HD operas will be screened again this winter

Everything seems to be a game-changer now.

21st September, 2014
Anna Netrebko as Antonia in Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffmann: the Russian soprano will open the Met season as Lady Macbeth in Verdi's opera of Macbeth. Picture: Ken Howard

Everything seems to be a game-changer now. Nothing significant happens without that phrase being trotted out by everyone from Bryan Dobson to Marty Morrissey, and from George Hook to Marty Whelan. “Awesome” does not seem quite awesome enough any more. Not even “phenomenal” seems up to it.

Opera had its own game-changer eight years ago with the arrival of The Met: Live in HD cinema screenings, which now reach more than...

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