First live opera to be filmed in 3D is on the way

Posted by Mark Raby

It may seem like and old, antiquated form of entertainment to many, but the opera is about to prove it can still stay up-to-date with the world around it. On Saturday, dozens of movie theaters will air the opera Carmen live, in 3D, for the first time.

It's part of a series of operas that are broadcast to movie theaters specially equipped to carry live transmissions. It gives theater patrons the ability to see stage presentations with the clarity of digital HD without needing to be where the show is taking place.

This week will be a first because not only is it the first opera to be shot in 3D, it'll be the first time a 3D movie theater transmission has been received in real time.

Carmen, which has remained one of the most popular and timeless operas for more than 100 years, seems a fitting piece to carry that title.

It will be filmed in London's Royal Opera House, which has been equipped with technology from RealD, the company that makes 3D possible in most of the theaters around the country.

The presentation is in French, with English subtitles. It runs 170 minutes from start to finish, including a 20 minute intermission. Participating theaters can be found at fathomevents.com.