"If the SFO does transmit it" -- which has been announced -- "we might think twice about it. Angela is starring in 'Elixir of Love' next year and we might go with that."Except San Francisco already did moviecast it (no one went), and Rondine is already confirmed for next season's Met HD list.
It's too bad the author didn't think to ask about this.
The San Francisco and La Scala offerings barely seem to have registered -- though there are interesting claims that they don't really need to -- while the Met versions continue their wild success. The difference is obvious: the Met is able to leverage its existing brand and -- thanks to its decades-long series of worldwide radio broadcasts -- association with the Saturday matinee timeslot (Saturday evening in Europe) in a way other houses can't.
This brings two things besides ticket sales. First, it helps Gelb's star-focused casting policy, giving the Met -- as radio broadcasts did, in their day -- the largest possible stage to offer sought-after singers. Second, the moviecasts, the subsequent DVD (and, inevitably, Blu-Ray) releases, and the press attending these, improve the prominence of the house among those who consume opera products (recordings, news, etc.) all over the world (but also including New York). And from that: not just more ticket-buyers from abroad, but perhaps more donors too.