In an effort to create a new generation of opera fans (which is gravely necessary given the current demographic), the Metropolitan Opera has been beaming matinee shows to movie theaters across the country live in HD...and it's really so, so cool. (I always thought someone should do this for the big sporting events, though they'd have to allow lots and lots of beer). Port and I caught Damnation of Faust on Saturday. This version, directed by Robert Lepage, is the most technologically advanced in Met history with video "sets" responding to the music, movement and even body heat. The big aria, D'amor L'ardente Flamme, is quite a beauty (sung by Susan Graham in the oddest staging ever here), almost as good as my all-time favorite. Next up on the big screen: Thaïs on December 20.
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