Met Opera Brings HD Performances to 100 More US Venues

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Don Giovanni now comes with a bucket of popcorn. Four years after first taking opera productions to the movie theater, the Metropolitan Opera has announced that it is bringing its "Live in HD" broadcasts to 100 additional U.S. venues.

Will audiences abandon live opera altogether and head to the movie theater instead? Blogger James Jorden, who writes the opera blog Parterre Box, doesn't think so.

"I've heard a little bit of anecdotal evidence that maybe there are some people who are doing that," Jordan says. "I honestly don’t think that it's putting a big dent in anyone’s live opera going. If anything, I think the HD broadcasts are developing an audience who are interested in the art form."

Last year, the audience for the Met's movie telecasts was three times the attendance at the opera house.


More in:

News, weather, Radiolab, Brian Lehrer and more.
Get the best of WNYC in your inbox, every morning.

Comments [2]

Maria Nockin from Arizona

I agree with James from Parterre Box. There are people who will spend more of their opera time in the movie theater than in the hall, but they are not avid opera goers. Those who prefer the movies want something cheap and don't mind doing without the exciting experience of a premiere at a major opera house. Opera is very dependent on donors and from what I know, they want the first night experience.

Sep. 03 2010 11:35 AM
helen epstein from lexington, MA

We love the Met at the Mall. Please see my description of hw it works in Lexington, MA at

Sep. 02 2010 07:14 PM

Leave a Comment

Register for your own account so you can vote on comments, save your favorites, and more. Learn more.
Please stay on topic, be civil, and be brief.
Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments. Names are displayed with all comments. We reserve the right to edit any comments posted on this site. Please read the Comment Guidelines before posting. By leaving a comment, you agree to New York Public Radio's Privacy Policy and Terms Of Use.



Supported by