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A thoroughly modern meltdown in Met’s reimagined ‘Lucia di Lammermoor’

Simon Stone delivers a visually stunning and conceptually arresting production of Donizetti’s enduring 1835 opera, past interpretations of which haven’t always been warmly received

Lammermoor ain’t what it used to be. Or, at least, it wasn’t Saturday night at the Metropolitan Opera.

In Simon Stone’s visually stunning and conceptually arresting production of Donizetti’s enduring 1835 opera “Lucia di Lammermoor,” the verdant hills and wild landscape of 18th-century Scotland have been paved over and replaced with the living ruins of the American Rust Belt: a pawnshop, a cheap motel, a liquor store, an ATM that charges too much. Its natural glories now artificial and garish; its mysteries now a minimart.

- from The Washington Post

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Brenda Scofield
FAMA Vice-Chairman
‘Cinderella’ Adds Stardust to the Met Opera’s Holiday

Trimmed and in English for family friendliness, Massenet’s opera arrives in a boldly stylized staging, starring Isabel Leonard.

What is the difference between real life and dreams, especially for an insecure young person?

That poignant question is at the core of Massenet’s 1899 opera “Cendrillon,” which opened on Friday at the Metropolitan Opera in English translation as “Cinderella” — a holiday offering trimmed to 95 minutes and aimed at families.

- from New York Times

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Brenda Scofield
FAMA Vice-Chairman
All that glitters! Zeffirelli’s Turandot returns to the Met as thoughts turn to Ukraine

As always, Franco Zeffirelli’s fantasy setting of a Chinese imperial court, with its gilded terraces, liveried attendants, long-sleeved ladies-in-waiting, dancers, mimes, and acrobats—and the common people slithering around on all fours like lower-level primates—was an eye-popping spectacle. 

- from New York Classical Review

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Brenda Scofield
FAMA Vice-Chairman
About The Met: Live in HD

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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