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The Met and the Future of Opera
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How do you take opera and make it fresh and thrilling again for a 21st century-audience raised on hip hop, iPods, and the movies?

Well, if you’re Peter Gelb, head of the Metropolitan Opera in New York, you start by blasting right out of the opera hall, bringing in a dozen swooping cameras, beaming live, high-definition broadcasts straight into movie theaters all over the world, and bringing out the high-drama actor in your singers.

No more “park and bark” Brunhildas. Roll over Pucini. Pick it up Madam Butterfly.

This hour On Point: Peter Gelb, and the remaking of the Met.

Guests:

Peter Gelb, general manager of The Metropolitan Opera.

Justin Davidson, Pulitzer Prize-winning classical music critic for New York magazine.

Marlena Malas, a former opera singer with companies in New York City, Santa Fe, Boston, Miami, Washington, D.C., and Milwaukee, she teaches at The Curtis Institute, Juilliard, and Manhattan School of Music.

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Lightning first ignited the Meadow fire on July 20, 2014 in Yosemite. By September 8, the fire had charred 2,582 acres. Bernie Krause has recorded soundscapes of national parks destroyed by large areas of forest fires. Listen below.  (National Park Service)

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WDBJ-TV7 meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner, right, wipes his eyes during the early morning newscast as anchors Kimberly McBroom, center, and guest anchor Steve Grant deliver the news at the station in Roanoke, Va., Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. Reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward were killed during a live broadcast Wednesday, while on assignment in Moneta. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

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