Joseph Calleja Debut Live and Free Online
As most of you know by now, the Metroplitan Opera has been broadcasting several performances a week live via Sirius Satellite Radio, either using Sirius Radio's propritary receiver or over the internet.
Tonight, the Met is inaugurating a new Real Player stream, available directly from the Met's website. Starting at 8:00PM EDT tonight, listeners will be able to tune into tonight's performance of Rigoletto, which will feature the important debut of the Maltese tenor, Joseph Calleja.
This is the Met's effort to reach it's international audience (the Sirius feeds are not available to folks outside of North America), and we hear a rumor that they will be using the in-house feed. If true, this may mean that what you hear tonight will be a beautiful uncompressed sound. One hopes this rumor is true! Quoting from the today's Met press release: “Streaming operas live on the internet is the most immediate experience we can provide to opera lovers all over the world and a new way to introduce opera to the uninitiated,” said Peter Gelb, the Met’s General Manager. “This is a distribution platform that can reach into homes and generate an interest in what’s happening at the Met.”
We have put the link for this pioneering live broadcast up on OperaCast. We would welcome your feedback about the stream itself and the performance you hear. We also think Mr. Calleja's debut will be a very important one.