Today was the opening day of the Metropolitan Opera's Live in HD series. They led off with a good production of Verdi's Macbeth. The performances were good, the staging was interesting and mostly successful, and the two leads were excellent: Željko Lučić, a terrific baritone, was wonderful as Macbeth, and ordinarily would have been the unquestioned star of the show, had he not been paired with Anna Netrebko as Lady Macbeth. He's great; she's a force of nature.

In any event, as mentioned, I'm petitioning Lučić to be featured in every production from here on out. It's not because he's a fantastic singer (although he is), but rather to have him in the background of every mid-intermission interview. At the beginning of intermission, as the host interviewed some of the performers, in the background Lučić, the guy playing Macduff, and someone from the directorial staff went over the moves of their climactic fight at the end of the play. They move back and forth for a minute or so, then stop, and Lučić does some...gentleman's adjusting that wouldn't be out of place at a baseball game. He then looks up, sees the camera, and clearly has an "Oh, crap" moment. They then go back to rehearsing the fight, finish, he adjusts again, sees the camera again, and clearly thinks, "Oh, Still there."

At the end of intermission, they're interviewing someone else from the production, and he's in the green room in the background, doing something-or-other. I have no idea who he was talking to or what point he was trying to make, but it involved running back and forth, shouting, and waving his fists at the heavens. This man needs to be on the screen as often as possible.