VirtualVallarta.com has just received news from Teatro Vallarta that the theater has concluded all the licensing and testing required by the Metropolitan Opera and Mexico City's Auditorio Nacional, their country-wide representative, to broadcast the acclaimed Live in HD Opera broadcasts from The Met in New York City. For several years now, The Met has been broadcasting its Saturday opera matinees to select theaters and movie houses around the world, including other destinations in Mexico. The Met relies on decades of live broadcast experience, incorporating state of the art high-definition cameras and audio equipment, to provide audiences around the world with an immersive experience that equals or even tops that of being center stage at the legendary New York concert hall.

 Anna Netrebko and Matthew Polenzani

This is possible by carefully directed broadcasts, involving many different angles, and additional, behind the scenes takes before, during and after the performances, as well as intermission. Frequently, lead opera singers, conductors and stage designers are interviewed as well, to provide audiences with a more comprehensive experience of the opera being performed. Regardless of the language of the opera, they are all subtitled with the language of the country in which they are screened; in our case, Spanish.

No news have been released yet by Teatro Vallarta regarding ticket purchases and prices. (October 3 update: Teatro Vallarta is now placing schedules and prices on their website.) However, those interested can access The Met's Live in HD schedule for their entire 2012-2013 season, which begins with the October 13 broadcast of Donizetti's L’Elisir d’Amore, in a new production starring Anna Netrebko and Matthew Polenzani. Maurizio Benini conducts. The Met's website also features a preview video of all the entire season.

Vallarta Lifestyles Publishing Group congratulates Teatro Vallarta for bringing to our destination a much needed new option in the increasing number of music and culture-related opportunities available for tourists and locals here. For more information, visit Teatro Vallarta's website, www.teatrovallarta.com.