This is a long overdue sentiment, and it is expressed by Jenna Simeonov of Schmopera.
Here’s what she says:
I have a hard time believing that an opera newbie would be thoroughly impressed by a Met cinema broadcast. There’s enough clumsiness in the product – particularly in dated offerings like Fanciulla – that it just doesn’t stand up to the quality of other media one could see on the big screen (including musicals). Without knowing how powerful opera can be – something that’s only obvious when you experience it live, and microphone-free – a cinema broadcast isn’t quite enough to convince you. (Although for some, Jonas Kaufmann just might do the trick.)…
Read on here.
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