The schedule is partly explained by the fact that half of the shows are new productions -- in fact, I think this is the first time they've sent all of a season's new productions out to the movie theaters: Lulu, Pearl Fishers, Manon Lescaut, Roberto Devereaux, Elektra.

I remain a little disappointed that their previous Lulu was never given this treatment (though it did get a PBS telecast, long long ago, now out on DVD). It was a really distinguished visualization of the work, with designs by Jocelyn Herbert in sumptuous art nouveau style very suited to the ripeness of the score. Whatever the new production is like, we can be sure it won't be like that.