Carmen in 3D…

April 25, 2011

…is an AWESOME thing.

I could have sworn I wrote about my Carmen in 3D experience right after I saw it, but alas it is nowhere to be found. So I will try to recollect my thoughts about it, which shouldn’t be hard, because  it was so awesome! Well, except for that 20 minutes or so beforehand where I had to be subjected to Justin Bieber’s movie “Never Say Never.”  Ugh!  How could you mix up the movies!? It felt like I had already watched half of the thing before one of the guys that worked in the theater finally realized that the WRONG movie was showing!  We {the entire audience} thought it was just a very long preview…until we realized it was the actual movie, in which some older teens behind me were giggling over the things all the little girls in the movie were saying about their idol. It was funny, I must admit. I see now why they call it “Beiber Fever.”  The way they were acting and the things they were saying… these kids had certainly lost their mind! Anyway, enough of Bieber (yah, literally, please!)

So, I sat there in the theater decked out with a red rose in my hair,  red sweatshirt and dorky 3D glasses.  All I needed was a shirt that said “Dorky for Carmen!” If you didn’t see Carmen in 3D, you missed a big part of opera history! OR, just a really cool experience. I hope more operas in 3D come this way! And like I mentioned in my last post, I didn’t understand why the Met used “I Puritani” as their first live broadcast. And I still believe if it wasn’t for Netrebko (and the things they played during the intermissions which  made it more interesting…or less boring,) I just don’t know if the live transmissions would still be going on today. ( I’d be curious to know what others think about that. Please do leave a reply comment!) The Royal Opera House did it right the first time- they used one of THE most famous and well-known operas to date- Bizet’s Carmen.  And not just was the 3D aspect part of it totally amazing, but it was truly the best production of Carmen I have ever seen.

Let’s talk about 3D for a minute. “3D” and the Met’s “Live in HD”- both cool. But adding the 3D part to it really made it an even better experience…by far.  It was really like you were there on the stage and in the the story.  You were IN Carmen’s world. It brought the characters closer and everything even clearer. My favorite part was the card trio scene, in the beginning when Mercedes and the other gypsy is telling their own fortunes. They both were right there in front of me, on their knees, and I felt like I was a gypsy too sitting right in front of them. It was crazy!  Trying to explain how different opera is in 3D is not easy, it really has to be experienced. It was totally incredible and mesmerizingly memorable (try saying that three times!)  And yes, the singing on everyone’s part was fabulous, the chorus included. Lots of great dancing.  Tons of confetti. Full of surprises. Carmen in full grandiose. It’s a production like non other, and one that could easily stand on its own without the 3D aspect. So as soon as I can find it on DVD- it’s MINE!  Thank you Royal Opera for allowing us to experience such a wonderful thing! Here’s to more opera in 3D!



Opera…in 3D??

April 12, 2011

This is an old post from Blogger (March 8, 2011) while I was trying to figure WordPress out. I think it’s still worth posting!

Yes, you heard right, if you have not heard about it already. The Royal Opera house will be presenting one of the greatest operas in 3D-Bizet’s Carmen! I already have my ticket for tomorrow’s showing. This is epic. The first opera to be shown in Real3D. First we were wowed when we had the technology to do live HD transmissions from the Met. I remember I was there all the way back to the first one. I drove 45 minutes to the theater, which was the only one that was doing it at that time. It was only in it’s trial period stage at that time. The opera was Bellini’s “I Puritani,” which I had never seen before. I’m not even sure I had ever even heard of it! I was very surprised at that choice. For their very first transmission they pick “I Puritani.” I didn’t get it. If you want to catch an audience with this new technology, which was opera lovers and non-opera lovers alike, why not do something more popular like “La Traviata” or “Lucia di Lammermoor?”  But Netrebko, who was at the height of her career at the time but was still not yet fully accepted as a distinguished opera singer, wowed me more than I ever thought (and I think most everyone too.) If Miss Netrebko hadn’t been Elvira , I think the whole live transmission idea might have flopped. But I would have to give the Met credit for doing an opera with mad scenes, because everyone loves mad scenes. And I remember the neat segment during that same transmission about mad scenes and why we love them so much. Netrebko, mad scenes, and the interviews by Renee Fleming were enough to get everyone excited enough to go to the next opera and want MORE. There were some boring parts to the opera, but I greatly enjoyed the whole experience immensely! And I loved the feeling like I was there at the Met. Opera on a huge HD screen is like Heaven, and the camera angles took you past the front row. The next opera shown, “The Magic Flute,” I didn’t get to go and see. But I’m glad I didn’t waste my money. I like supporting the live transmissions because it’s an awesome thing, but their production of “The Magic Flute” was TOO much. I watched it when it was shown on my local PBS channel and I was aghast! I don’t understand why “The Magic Flute” these days has to be taken out of it’s true story and turned into some freak show! The whole thing was horrendous…and scary. My father watched some of it with me and he was confused!  I was embarrassed. The whole “Japanese” theme or whatever that was, was awful. The singing, although, was wonderful. The very first opera I ever saw was “The Magic Flute,” when I was about 8 years old. It was traditional, true to Mozart’s opera (aside from the speaking parts being in English.) I can’t recall another time that I’ve seen “The Magic Flute” done so true to the story (aside from the old production fromDrottningholm Court Theatre, with one of my favorite singers Lazlo Polgar.)  I know that it has become a controversial opera these days. I still don’t think Mozart meant it to be a racist thing though.  I will be seeing the opera again in April, this time at The Detroit Opera House. I am half scared and half excited. Can’t blame me…

Now technology has brought us opera in yet another new way, in 3D. I hope it’s just as wonderful as it sounds.

Watch the trailer here:
Carmen in 3D