Opera at the Met combines musical brilliance, emotional potency, and social pyrotechnics, creating a cultural crescendo that’s hard to match. I was curious to see the opera in High Definition, the Saturday matinee video broadcast beamed live from the Met to small-town theatres across the country. It seemed like a contradiction in terms: isn’t the opera, by nature, an imperial experience? Doesn’t it require a sophisticated metropolitan context? Can it survive translation into the provinces?
Roxana Robinson watches Opera in HD at the movies: http://nyr.kr/Z6zqTB