Metropolitan Opera broadcasts to digital theaters
The New York Metropolitan Opera will be broadcasting 11 Live in HD video performances this season to more than 800 digital movie theaters in the US, South Amercan and Europe.
The Opening Night Gala broadcast is tonight, September 22 at 6 pm Eastern Pacific Time. (The Pacific Coast is on a tape delay, all other time periods are live.)
This is the third year of HD broadcasts to digital theaters, increasing from eight transmissions last year.
Direct-to-theater satellite broadcasts have been growing steadily as multiplex owners with digital projectors have been exploring alternative sources of revenue.
Tickets range from $18-$22.
The performance schedule is as follows:
Oct. 11: “Salome"
Nov. 8: The Met premiere of John Adams' "Doctor Atomic.”
Nov. 22: Berlioz’s rarely staged “La Damnation de Faust.”
Dec. 20: Massenet’s “ThaÃ¯s” with RenÃ©e Fleming.
Jan. 10, 2009: Puccini’s “La Rondine” with Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna.
Jan. 24: “Orfeo ed Euridice."
Feb 7: "Lucia di Lammermoor."
March 7: "Madama Butterfly."
March 21: And Bellini’s "La Sonnambula”* with Natalie Dessay and Juan Diego FlÃ³rez.
May 9: “La Cenerentola.”