Met Simulcasts Opening Night At The Opera
The Metropolitan Opera opened its 126th season Monday night with a gala concert that attracted crowds not just to Lincoln Center but Midtown as well. NY1's Stephanie Simon filed the following report.
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Opening night at the Metropolitan Opera is always a well orchestrated affair -- a glamorous star studded evening attracting the likes of piano man Billy Joel who says he'll never write an opera but still loves everything about the art form.
"I love how good the composition is, I love how well thought out it is. I love how well constructed it is. I love how long it's lasted," Joel said.
The opening of the 2009/2010 season featured a new production of Puccini's classic "Tosca", starring Finnish soprano Karita Mattila.
Beyond the glamour, it was of course the music that attracted many including expectant actor Leelee Sobieski.
"I love opera. I became an opera fan because my best friend is an opera singer and he always sings to me and so I'm hoping the good opera energy goes through to the baby," Sobieski said.
"Well it's the best music. I mean, I love classical music and Tosca. It's a nice way to start the evening," said TV personality Martha Stewart.
Of course, opening night at the opera isn't just for celebs and socialites anymore. As it's done for the past several years, the Met simulcast the performance outside the opera house and at Times Square where thousands could see if for free.
"It's absolutely wonderful. We're here from Canada and it's just the epitome of New York," said one onlooker.
"We go to the opera a a lot and we think it's tremendous to me be able to sit out here on the outside and have a good look at it," said another onlooker.
No matter where people watched, opening night definitely hit a high note all around town and set the tone for the entire season.