The Met have not only apologised for the audio outage that affected the final scene of Saturday's live Werther broadcast in many cinemas, they have supplied a video of the missing minutes as well (ROH take note). Watch and weep.
A 7-minute computer stream from the Met site is sadly inadequate for this loss. Fortunately, the theater where I watched this provided a full refund to disappointed audience members. We can only try again, hoping that the encore performance is intact---and that the example of the the theater gives the Met a clue about how to build loyal clientele.
16 March 2014 at 08:55 PM
The Met broadcasts in hi-def world-class performances live across the world. For ~$20. It is almost always flawless. It is a technological feat that I feel blessed to witness and fortunate to have access to. I was disappointed, but it also reminded me of how fortunate I am.
16 March 2014 at 10:27 PM
No trouble at the Barbican at all. And the tickets, sold even a year in advance, bore the correct starting time taking into account the temporarily enlarged time difference. One reason why I never mind paying through the nose to go there rather than save money in a provincial multiplex.
17 March 2014 at 01:08 AM
The time difference is actually temporarily shortened, not enlarged!
Anyway there was no problem with the broadcast at my local Cineworld, other than one or two tiny glitches that did not spoil it for me at all.
Anyway given that I do not live in London, if I was to go to a cinema there not only would the ticket cost at least twice as much but I would spend as much as the Cineworld ticket costs on my train fare, plus an additional hour and a half (at least) in each direction travelling. Its a no-brainer, really.
17 March 2014 at 08:59 AM
I've been to non-Met simulcasts in the U.S., from Europe, including one that sent us the completely wrong audio for the first 18 minutes. Many people got up and got a refund in disgust. I held on and the feed straightened itself out, and I only missed the initial "we are the happy villagers" type of crowd scene music that is a bore in many an opera.
Sun spots can cause technical difficulties, too. Considering everything, the Met's simulcasts have been mostly glitch free.
I'm planning to attend the encore, not because I particularly want to see Werther, but because from all reports Kaufmann is fantastic in it. I've seen him in a European production live stream with Koch already, and I have seen her do it live in Chicago with Polenzani, and I wonder just how much different or better this iteration can be. It's not that great an opera. At least nowadays it doesn't inspire people to kill themselves. I hope.
17 March 2014 at 12:47 PM
Ha, so true, that bit about crowd scenes. One of the reasons why I love Otello so much - the opening has oomph!
17 March 2014 at 04:08 PM
Enlarged. Shortened. Who knows. I can never remember which is which or when, much less WHY, though I seem to recall that we have to do it or otherwise Scottish farmers can't have sex with boys going to school in daylight. Or coming home from school. Or something similar.
17 March 2014 at 04:16 PM
Help is at hand: Spring Forward, Fall Back. I shall let someone else help you with the predatory Scottish farmers.
17 March 2014 at 05:06 PM
Unfortunately, you've obviously never seen me either Spring Back - usually when confronted by irate artistes - or Fall Forward - normally through the back door come closing time - so it's not exactly intuitive for me. Besides, I've never been the same since flying to New York on Concorde many years ago and finding that I'd arrived before I'd left....
18 March 2014 at 12:46 AM
Ah - I see that your problems run deeper than mere time travel. Maybe more leniency towards the cast and regular attendance at AA would improve the situation. Temperance is all.
18 March 2014 at 12:26 PM
I can resist everything, especially temperance.
18 March 2014 at 06:01 PM
Perhaps inadequate, but better than nothing! Theatre where I saw it provided "rain Check"-- either for encore or any of the remaining HD broadcasts. Had I been able, would have gone to encore, but sadly I could not. Jonas Kaufmann's performance, however,stays with me. Look forward to Met putting in in "on Demand" catalog, and eventual PBS broadcast.
20 March 2014 at 04:11 AM
Full Werther up on youtube:
Sound is a bit shit, but the picture quality is HD.... so for some it may be worth it :)
03 April 2014 at 10:35 PM
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