No 'R' Rating for the Met's New Rigoletto

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - 05:47 PM

A Rated R for Rigoletto? Not on the Metropolitan Opera’s watch.

On Feb. 16, the Met will broadcast its new Rigoletto production to movie theaters across the country as part of its Live in HD series. In keeping with its Las Vegas theme, audiences at the Met will see a few scenes with scantily clad dancers (and a topless pole dancer), but movie theater audiences will get something a bit more restrained.

No nudity will be broadcast to the theaters, thanks to a creative use of camera angles.

A Metropolitan Opera spokesman said the screenings are not rated, which means the racy stuff is off-limits. "It's not a Met rule, but since we do not have a rating for our Live in HDs, it would be problematic to show in movie theaters," he said.

In 2008, the Met decided not to show a nude scene involving Karita Mattila in Strauss's Salome, saying at the time that the theater broadcasts are family-friendly events.

As Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin detailed in a post during the heat of summer 2012, nudity in opera can present all kinds of challenges for singers and audiences alike.

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Comments [8]

concetta nardone from Nassau

Some of these comments are a hoot. I was in hospital last year and unable to join this discussion. The Ring is all about family values,i.e. date rape, incest, murder, inter-species sex,unbelievable greed, fratricide,arson etc. etc. Opera has a lot of this great stuff, Don Giovanni 2 attempted rapes, murder, Tosca, attempted rape.etc. Trovatore has fratricide, etc. Some years ago, some states passed anti-pornography laws. Under these laws, even the old testament, would be considered pornography.

Jan. 07 2014 07:12 AM
concetta nardone from Nassau

Some of these comments are a hoot. I was in hospital last year and unable to join this discussion. The Ring is all about family values,i.e. date rape, incest, murder, inter-species sex,unbelievable greed, fratricide,arson etc. etc. Opera has a lot of this great stuff, Don Giovanni 2 attempted rapes, murder, Tosca, attempted rape.etc. Trovatore has fratricide, etc. Some years ago, some states passed anti-pornography laws. Under these laws, even the old testament, would be considered pornography.

Jan. 07 2014 07:12 AM
Liberty

I think I finally understood something this week. I understood where our relative values as a society lie.

I learned that the Metropolitan Opera is cutting several scenes from a live broadcast of an opera because the broadcasts were intended to be "family friendly". So the problematic scenes included a scantily clad female dancer (voters in North Carolina will be relieved to hear no nipple or areola was exposed). So the paying public were spared this horrible experience but those in the actual theatre in New York were not.

So let us look carefully at just some of the family friendly events that were broadcast in this opera:
Promiscuity, betrayal, bribery, violence against women, rape, alcohol, drugs, guns, knives, kidnapping, gambling, hate speech, bullying, cruelty, and murder to name a few.

All good wholesome stuff, but thankfully no scantily clad females, so our society and our children remain safe.

Feb. 17 2013 02:14 PM
Ted Cerame from Perris, California

Correction: Novalis, "Build upon the old and TRUE before going on to the new." In this context the, "...old and true..." would be that which had been established by the great Opera composers such as Mozart, Verdi,
Wagner, Puccini.
Did they call for nudity in the performance of their works?

Feb. 04 2013 12:48 AM
Ted Cerame from Perris, California

In a society called, “The new ugly America,” they say that every socio-economic level and many things considered sacred and beautiful have been systematically degraded. The Metropolitan Opera House, the one institution that by virtue of its highest forms of great Art and Human accomplishment has withstood the corrosive wave of nihilist degradation.
Many have felt comfortable that the tradition of, “The House,” shall remain secure from small minds not content until the Culture built over thousands of years is reduced to barbaric dominance.
“Build upon the old before going on to the new.”
“Keep the mind open so that growth is a constant, though not so open that it is filled with trash.”
Shall the purity of Mozart be corrupted?
Shall decadence stop at the Met?

Feb. 03 2013 05:11 PM
madison from Manhattan

They ban a little nudity?! This complete insulting caricature of a production should be banned.

Feb. 02 2013 01:00 PM
Regie, or Not Regie from Alexandria, VA

Yeah, 'cause Salome is such a family-friendly opera.

Feb. 01 2013 10:47 AM
David from Flushing

I hope the radio broadcast does not have nudity.

Jan. 31 2013 11:25 AM

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