‘Met Opera On Demand’ allows unlimited streaming of Live in HD programs
March 14, 2012
Metropolitan Opera has released “Met Opera on Demand,” a new app for
the iPad that allows unlimited streaming access to video transmissions from the
Met’s Live in HD
series, plus hundreds of historic TV and radio broadcasts. The free app,
available for download from the App Store, will give opera fans around the
world mobile access to high-quality audio and video streams of hundreds of
performances from the Met’s 81-year broadcast history. New content will be
added monthly, including recent Live in HD transmissions featuring the biggest
stars of today’s opera world. Live in HD titles will be added to the service
two to three months after their premiere in movie theaters. A subscription is
required to access streaming content, with plans beginning at $14.99 a month.
selections will initially be available from the company’s Live in HD series,
including the behind-the-scenes intermission features. Productions currently
available for streaming on Met Opera on Demand include last season’s comedic
hit “Le Comte Ory,” starring Juan Diego Flórez, Diana Damrau, and Joyce
DiDonato; this season’s opening-night production, “Anna Bolena,” with star
soprano Anna Netrebko in the title role; and Michael Grandage’s new production
of “Don Giovanni,” seen in movie theaters in October 2011.
service also allows users access to historic telecasts featuring stars like
Luciano Pavarotti, Plácido Domingo, Joan Sutherland, and Leontyne Price. The
video library includes historic performances, such as a 1979 production of “Don
Pasquale” starring Beverly Sills or a 1998 “Le Nozze di Figaro” telecast
starring Renée Fleming, Cecilia Bartoli, and Bryn Terfel. All videos include English
subtitles and many offer titles in French, German, Italian, Portuguese,
Russian, and Spanish. The Met Opera on Demand app includes social sharing
capabilities for Facebook and Twitter and provides users with the ability to
create favorites lists.
More than 250
audio performances from Met history are available through the Met Opera on
Demand app. Digitally remastered audio streams, beginning with a 1936
performance of Wagner’s “Götterdämmerung,” starring Lauritz Melchior, are
New content will
be added to Met Opera on Demand each month. Subscribers with the iPad app may
also stream content on a personal computer for no additional charge.
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