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At the Met, a daring new production of ‘Carmen’ takes flight

Mezzo-soprano Aigul Akhmetshina made a magnetic … Carmen … A restless physicality that never cut into her singing … A Carmen that felt alive.

The Metropolitan Opera closed out 2023 with the opening of a new “Carmen,” offering a sold-out house another opportunity to revisit George Bizet’s relentlessly popular 1875 staple of the repertoire. And mezzo-soprano Aigul Akhmetshina made a magnetic and often caustic Carmen, her voice equally suited to silken lightness as leathery depth. The show barely seemed to move before she emerged from behind a blood-red door on a catwalk above the action. Her Act I introduction, that familiar habanera (“L’amour est un oiseau rebelle”), was freshened by her humanistic reading, lightened by luminous choral work, and refined through the detail-oriented ear of conductor Daniele Rustioni.

- from The Washington Post

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Brenda Scofield
FAMA Vice-Chairman
Lise Davidsen lights up La forza del destino at the Met with refined singing 

The soprano shines in a masterly New York staging of Verdi’s opera of love and revenge. 

Lise Davidsen's performance as Leonora in Verdi's La forza del destino at the Metropolitan Opera can only be described as towering. The ovation that greeted her in Monday/s opening after she sang "Pace, pace mio Dio" in act four was so fervent and sustained that she had to break character and take a modest bow so things could continue. Joined by music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin in the pit, the applause continued for another minute before the opera resumed.

- from Financial Times

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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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