Wednesday, February 07, 2007


The Met high-definition TV broadcasts are proving popular enough that it seems nearly all will be encored. You can catch I Puritani again on Tuesday, February 13 at 7 p.m. and Ha-Shi-Woof The First Emperor on Wednesday, March 7 at 7 p.m. or Sunday, March 11 at 1:30 p.m. (Two repeats?? Well, why not?) Times are the same in all time zones. Visit the Fathom Web site for more information and to buy tickets.

By me the repeats are real evidence of a pent-up demand for opera. The broadcasts are a win for everybody. $18 is more than movie theaters can get for a first-run film, but a lot less than a trip to NYC. The performers and the Met get lots of exposure (and the composers, in the case of permieres). Goodness knows, it's helping fill the gap between SF Opera's fall and summer seasons. Let's hope that Doctor Atomic is on the list for broadcast in a future Met season.

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