Wednesday, September 06, 2006

The Met more accessible?

I am always trying to find the time and extra dollars to go see the opera (my favorite is Carmen) but this sounds like it would be an interesting way to see the shows at the Met. Distance is not so much of an issue for me, but I think it would be great for people living outside an easy travel radius of New York.

Art should be accessible to everyone. I think this is a wonderful move on the Met's part to open up their offerings to a larger audience.

"Coming soon to your multiplex in the mall: bel canto fireworks and bass-baritone rumbles, love duets and orchestral colors, divas, tenors and trills.

The Metropolitan Opera announced today that it would begin broadcasting live performances into movie theaters across the United States, Canada and Britain, rubbing shoulders with professional wrestling and rock concerts.

The broadcasts are part of a strategy by the Met's new general manager, Peter Gelb, to widen the house's appeal by branching out into new media. The house also said today that it was opening up its vast archive of historic radio broadcast performances for streaming and downloading.

"I think what I'm doing is exactly what the Met engaged me to do, which is build bridges to a broader public," Mr. Gelb said. "The thrust of our plan is to make the Met more available. This is not about dumbing down the Met, it's just making it accessible"." NyTimes

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