November 9, 2012

Met Opera’s ‘Live in HD’: The screen can’t hear when you yell ‘Bravo!’

With just a mouse click, the State Theatre’s website illustrates the reality of U.S. opera today, which I observed as I traveled through the country over the past six months, watching the 11 broadcasts in the Metropolitan Opera’s 2012-13 season’s “Live in HD” series. Through the HD broadcasts the Met has attained dominance of the field: not as a standard to which regional companies can aspire, as in the past, but as a permanent and sometimes intrusive presence in their communities.

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