14 February 2007

Tickets for the screening of Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin on Saturday 24 February, live from the Metropolitan Opera into Picturehouse cinema screens across the country, were as popular in Liverpool as they were in New York, but at a fraction of the cost.

FACT members, Beryl and Tony Newton from Hale Village on Merseyside wrote to praise the event. Describing it as a "magical experience," adding, "it exceeded our expectations... being able see close ups of the orchestra and the performers before and during the opera, together with scenes from rehearsals denied to those in the opera house audience, who had paid up to $300 for their tickets."

February's performance was the first of three at Picturehouse at FACT to use the centre's new satellite facility, first utilised for the live screening of Amnesty Internationals' Secret Policeman's Ball. Rossini's Barber of Seville will be screened on Saturday 24 March and Puccini's Il Trittico is on Saturday 28 April.

General manager of the Met Opera, Peter Gelb describes the season as an, "historic moment," adding, "We're harnessing digital technology to make the spectacle of live grand opera more broadly available." He continues, "It's part of the Met's new efforts to propel opera back into the mainstream."