Civic Music and ACT: Albert Lea Community Theater have partnered to bring the Metropolitan Opera’s series of award-winning, live, high-definition transmissions to Albert Lea!
The Met: Live in HD was developed by the Metropolitan Opera in 2006 as a way to reach existing audiences and to introduce new audiences to opera through new technology. Each season, the Met selects operas that represent a variety of styles and the full range of the Met repertoire and artists. They all feature great storytelling, great singing, and extraordinary production values.
During the summer of 2012, the Marion Ross Performing Arts Center installed satellite equipment and a digital projector, enabling the facility to receive a live HD signal and project it on the big screen. HD provides a real cinematic experience in a live format, which is perfectly suited to opera.
Each broadcast is produced with at least 10 cameras, meaning there are multiple points of view. There are many different kinds of shots, including special camera zooms and close-ups. On-screen English subtitles are available for all transmissions.
The Live in HD events are enhanced by specially produced features that offer audiences a look behind the scenes during intermission. These include live interviews with singers, directors, designers, and stage technicians, as well as documentaries and other short features. In the past seasons, the intermission features have been hosted by Met stars like Plácido Domingo, Renée Fleming, Susan Graham, Thomas Hampson, Patricia Racette, and Deborah Voigt.