Fathom events at the movies are sure to create an unforgettable cinematic experience, and when it teams up with an opera at the MET, it’s sure to amaze, especially when it involves such a beloved opera around the world.
The event held at the Met, live in HD movie-theatre transmission, featured a classic production of the timeless Puccini opera La Boheme. Seamstress Mimi, played by Sonya Yoncheva and Poet Rodolfo, played by Michael Fabiano, showed the depths of their operatic talents to convey such a tender love that I think Puccini intended. And this is further enhanced by the music, led by conductor Marco Armiliato. Many of the secondary characters, such as Musetta, played by Susanna Phillips, further helped bridge the connection between character and audience through sterling performances as well. The seamless story and stage scenes pull everything together very nicely and make for an easily accessible experience for even the first-time opera-goer.
This has been a meaningful experience for me in my continued cultural exploration. While I have no doubt that being at the Met would have enhanced my auditory experience, seeing it at the movie theatre provided a close-up visual experience and gave a behind the scenes look into the opera and its performers that otherwise would have been absent.