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You may have heard about the widely publicized landmark with which the Metropolitan Opera opened its season on Monday: Terence Blanchard’s “Fire Shut Up in My Bones,” its first work by a Black composer. Flying under the radar is the less momentous but still significant milestone that followed on Tuesday, when the company finally performed the original 1869 version of Mussorgsky’s “Boris Godunov.”
- from New York Times
With Terence Blanchard’s “Fire Shut Up in My Bones,” the Met came back from its long pandemic shutdown more determined to draw new and more diverse audiences to opera.
After eight minutes of applause, the curtain had dropped for a final time, and many members of the cast of “Fire Shut Up in My Bones,” the first opera by a Black composer in the 138-history of the Metropolitan Opera, began to cry.
“This is crazy,” said Terence Blanchard, the composer, as he embraced singers, dancers and musicians backstage during opening night on Monday. “This is amazing.”
- from New York Times
A formidable challenge faced composer Matthew Aucoin and playwright/librettist Sarah Ruhl in adapting “Eurydice,” Ruhl’s retelling of the Orpheus myth, for the opera stage.
How to upgrade Ruhl’s intimate vision of the underworld to the grand scale of opera without sacrificing its delicate structure, its uncanny intimacy or its surreal sense of humor?
If Tuesday night’s premiere at the Metropolitan Opera was any indication, the answer is: effortlessly.
- from The Washington Post
The Met: Live in HD presents high-definition screenings of opera performances in the Metropolitan Opera House, one of the best opera house in the world. Its dazzling productions are filmed by 14 different cameras in high definition format and transmitted to cinemas across the world.The Metropolitan Opera, under its 16th general manager Peter Gelb, pioneered live HD movie-theater simulcasts in 2006. The Washington Post has praised the broadcasts: “the HD broadcasts are the most successful single element of Gelb’s tenure, and have proved truly visionary.”The acclaimed performances now reach over 2,000 venues in 70 countries and receive rave reviews. The impact of the live performance remains spectacular on screen. Hong Kong opera lovers can enjoy world-class performances comfortably in local cinemas with a ticket price of HK$240, compared to ticket price up to US$495 in New York.The experience of watching the Met: Live in HD is the next best experience to being in the opera house itself, the wonderful closeups and backstage interviews provide added value. Many of our patrons have started out as opera newbies but are now confirmed fans. It’s a wonderful way to step into the world of opera!
「美國大都會歌劇院高清系列」由紐約著名美國大都會歌劇院製作，運用14 部攝影機以全高清模式拍攝精采的歌劇演出，並傳送至世界各地電影院放映。美國大都會歌劇院總經理Peter Gelb於2006年創辦「美國大都會歌劇院高清系列」節目。華盛頓日報高度讚賞這個節目，更指這是其任內最成為而且具遠見的決定。口碑載道的「美國大都會歌劇院高清系列」節目現已在70個國家、多達2,000多個場地放映，所到之處均好評如潮。香港的歌劇愛好者無需遠赴美國，只須付出港幣$260，便可在鄰近的電影院舒適地觀看門票索價高達495美元的世界級歌劇演出。「美國大都會歌劇院高清系列」不但媲美歌劇院現場演出，其獨家近鏡人物專訪和幕後對談更是十分難得的體驗。當中為數不少的常客往日亦從未目睹歌劇的風采，但現在都已成為狂熱份子。這是走進歌劇的世界的絕妙方式！
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