Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Mic-Free in NYC

When New York City Opera opens its 2009-10 season this weekend in the newly-renovated and renamed David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center (formerly known as the New York State Theater), things will sound a little different to audiences. The voice amplification system that was added to the theater in 1999 has been removed; now operagoers will only hear the singers’ live, unfiltered voices. (Via Robin Pogrebin on New York Times' “Arts Beat” column)

Opera fans, do you enjoy the amplification-free sound of operatic voices that you hear at Seattle Opera and other companies? Would it impact your experience or enjoyment to listen to those voices if they were amplified? Is it strange for you to attend other theatrical performances where the performers use microphones?