Live opera and movie theater popcorn will soon be available under the same roof. New York’s Metropolitan Opera is going to start broadcasting live performances in movie theaters later this year in the U.S., Canada and Great Britain.
They’re also planning to put additional shows and archived shows online. It’s all part of a plan to appeal to a wider audience by making opera more accessible to the masses.
"This is a unique opportunity to raise our profile and grow our audience. Opera will now enter the digital era," Peter Gelb, the Met's new general manager, said in a statement.
The Met said it would broadcast live six Saturday matinees starting with the new English-language adaptation of Julie Taymor's "Magic Flute," conducted by James Levine, on December 30, and "I Puritani," starring Anna Netrebko, on January 6.