Remember the Grateful Dead Movie in theaters....same dealio NY Met has been doing since 2009.
February 15, 2009
Verdi With Popcorn, and Trepidation
By DANIEL J. WAKIN
FOR 400 years humans have stood on stages and conveyed passion through song. Great buildings were raised for them to perform in. The titled and the rich paid homage with cash and devotion.
Opera, that most electrifying and moving of the high arts, has remained remarkably unchanged in its history, adapting to bigger houses, electric lights, electronic stage machinery, the recording industry. It has persevered despite accelerating waves of new claims on our attention, from television to Twitter.
But now another force has emerged, which has the potential to transform how opera is produced and received. You can check it out at your local multiplex.
Thanks largely to the efforts of the Metropolitan Opera, hundreds of thousands of people worldwide are seeing live opera performances in movie theaters, and many others in repeat showings. A dozen other important opera companies are now sending out broadcasts of their own.