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Folks, if you have somehow made it through the soon-concluding New York
Met season without seeing one of their Hi-Def broadcasts -- and you can't
blame me for that, as I've been their biggest fanboy on this list --
then you probably also missed today's premiere of The Audition, a
documentary on the Met's National Council Auditions.  I'm sorry to report
that the Met is advertising this as a one-day event, so there apparently
will not be an encore performance, unlike the case with their regular
H-D broadcasts.

The Audition, produced by Susan Froemke, followed the semifinalists of
the competition through the final night and judging.  If you thought the
word "butterfly" refers only to the Puccini opera, you should have seen
how these young people prepared for the pressure of appearing at the
Met.  When she first walked on to the stage, one of the contestants could
only say, "Holy Moley." And then she had to sing and be judged.  This
was a fabulous film, and I wish it would be broadcast again.  Or even
made available.  The previous documentary by Susan Froemke, "In Rehearsal:
A New Butterfly for the Met," is not on Netflix or Amazon.  Is it available
anywhere?

There's only one opera left in this year's series of H-D broadcasts,
Rossini's La Cenerentola, with Elina Garanca.  As was the case with every
H-D opera I tried to attend this year, the nearby theater was sold out
and I had to go a theater about 10 miles away.  A small price to pay.
Next season's Met H-D broadcast season looks fabulous:

http://www.metoperafamily.org/metopera/broadcast/hdevents/index.aspx?id=8334

Mitch Friedfeld

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