Viewpoint: Extending the Reach

by F. Paul Driscoll

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The HD production truck during transmission of Das Rheingold, 2010
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THIS MONTH, The Met: Live in HD will offer a special encore presentation of The Magic Flute from December 30, 2006—the performance that was the first live transmission to movie theaters in North America and Europe for the Peabody and Emmy Award-winning series. That Magic Flute transmission allowed a global audiences to share in the excitement of Julie Taymor’s singular realization of Mozart’s great opera as it unfolded on the stage of the Met. The 2015–16 season is the tenth for The Met: Live in HD, which has sold more than eighteen million tickets since its inception and now brings the Met’s best artists and productions to opera-lovers in seventy countries, reaching fans who are thousands of miles away from the company’s home at Lincoln Center. Wherever I travel for opera newswhether in Europe or the U.S.—people speak about the Met’s HD transmissions with affection and admiration. Their excellence is without question; their significance is profound. The series has changed the way the art form is presented by opening the doors of the opera house and welcoming the world inside. Its continued success is cause for celebration. For more information about the schedule for The Met: Live in HD, visit

And while we’re on the subject of continued success, please note that our cover subject, Plácido Domingo, has now broken his own record for the most appearances on the cover of opera news. This issue marks the sixteenth opera news cover for this great artist since 1977, when he was featured in connection with the Met’s radio broadcast of Andrea Chénier, conducted by James Levine—who is scheduled to conduct the April 9 broadcast of Simon Boccanegra, with Domingo in the title role. spacer 

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