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Werther Finale HD Encore Fixed

Post by lennygoran » Thu Mar 20, 2014 8:01 am

Not at the Rockaway NJ mall's theater--the people there said the new tape sent to them was still deficient. We got 2 free passes that are good until Sept 2015-still what a 7 minute letdown--seemed longer to me. Regards, Len :(

Technical Problem Silences Ending of Met's Live Simulcast of 'Werther'
By MICHAEL COOPER

The death of the title character in Massenet’s “Werther” was silent for opera fans who went to movie theaters across the country on Saturday to see Jonas Kaufmann perform the title role in the Metropolitan Opera’s live high-definition simulcas

Updated, 11:59 a.m. | It is one of the most wrenching endings in opera: the lingering death of the title character in Massenet’s “Werther.” But it was an accidentally, and frustratingly, silent ending for opera fans who went to movie theaters across the country on Saturday afternoon to see the celebrated tenor Jonas Kaufmann perform the title role in the Metropolitan Opera’s live high-definition simulcast.

A technical problem kept the majority of theaters silent for the last seven minutes, the Met said.

Some angry operagoers took to Twitter to vent their frustrations. “Werther is dying a slow silent death!” one user said. Another lamented, “Missed quite possibly the most beautiful part of Werther.” A third described the scene as “surreal,” and added, “People in movie theater try to listen along with radio simulcast on phones.”

The Met said the trouble stemmed from its satellite.

“The Metropolitan Opera regrets that due to a technical problem with the satellite carrying the audio feed, the sound in today’s transmission of ‘Werther’ was interrupted for the last seven minutes of the performance, which affected the majority of U.S. theaters,” the Met said in a statement.

The Met posted the ending, with sound, on its website on Sunday, and said that the audio would be fixed for the encore presentation on Wednesday.

A version of this article appears in print on 03/17/2014, on page C3 of the NewYork edition with the headline: ‘Werther’ Goes Silent a Little Too Soon.

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