Durango audiences will have a front-row seat to one of the Metropolitan Operas most popular shows this season when The Met: Live in HD series debuts Saturday at the Durango Stadium 9 with a live simulcast of Wagners Das Rheingold.
Already sold out at Manhattans Lincoln Center, plenty of seats remain for the Durango premiere of the Mets live simulcast series. The Met: Live in HD currently shows in 1,200 movie theaters in 44 countries and the Stadium 9s parent company, Storyteller Theatres, is the latest to carry the satellite service. During the 2009-10 season, nearly three times as many people saw Met operas at movie theaters than at the Lincoln Center.
Ive had more calls from the Durango area than anywhere else asking us to do this, and I think its a perfect market, said Renee Parish-Lee, Storytellers advertising and marketing director.
Das Rheingold, Wagners prologue of the four-opera The Ring of the Nibelung cycle, is the first of 12 simulcasts this season that concludes with Die Walkure on May 14. In between, the Stadium 9 will host screenings of Boris Godunov (Oct. 23), Don Pasquale (Nov. 13), Don Carlo (Dec. 11), La Fanciulla del West (Jan. 8), Nixon in China (Feb. 12), Iphigénie en Tauride (Feb. 26), Lucia di Lammermoor (March 19), Le Comte Ory (April 9), Capriccio (April 23) and Il Trovatore (April 30).
In addition to saving on tickets and cab fare, simulcast audiences enjoy other benefits to which in-person audiences dont have access. The broadcast begins with exterior shots of the opera house and also includes backstage access, interviews with performers and opera trivia.
The real benefit to seeing it on the big screen like this is you get to see more than the people in the Met, see its just like being there, and you dont need opera glasses, Parish-Lee said.
She said that with the satellite equipment in place, other events simulcast through Fathom Events, the company that contracts the Met simulcasts with theater chains, may soon be added to the Storyteller schedule. Those include live concerts, boxing and other sporting events, but no agreements are yet in place to expand the simulcast programming.