David Patrick Stearns is a classical music critic and columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer.
The week wasn't typical, but also not exceptional. In a span of seven days, Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducted the Curtis Symphony Orchestra in Shostakovich's weighty Symphony No. 7, and conducted the Philadelphia Orchestra in both the Academy Ball and a subscription series with pianist Radu Lupu - while shuttling to New York for Dvorák's opera Rusalka, starring Renée Fleming, at the Metropolitan Opera.
This time, you're better off in the movie theater. Though the Metropolitan Opera HD simulcasts usually aren't a 100 percent substitute for being there, Rusalka, to be shown at 12:55 p.m. Saturday in six area cinemas, presents serious challenges onstage that are readily addressed with cameras and microphones.