Monday, May 3, 2010

Who was it that said 'opera is dead'?

The Associated Press is reporting that The Metropolitan Opera has sold a record 2.2 million tickets for its nine high-definition telecasts to theaters this season, an increase of 400,000 from 2008-2009.
The company said Sunday that the Saturday broadcast of Rossini's Armida starring soprano Renee Fleming and tenor Lawrence Brownlee was seen by an estimated audience of 105,000 in North American and 84,000 in Europe and Latin America.

With delayed telecasts in Asia, Latin America, Oceania and South Africa, plus repeats in North America and Europe, the Met expects its
Armida audience to reach 250,000.

The Met's HD series has sold 5 million tickets in five seasons. There will be 11 telecasts next season, beginning with Wagner's
Das Rheingold on Oct. 9, the opening of the Robert Lepage staging to of the Ring Cycle that replaces the Met's traditional Otto Schenk production.
For those going to see these broadcasts, please remember: Although you're seeing a MET production in all of it's HD glory and splendor ... *nothing* compares to supporting your local opera company and seeing a live production. GO!

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