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



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