I am overjoyed to find this out because I missed most of this past season's broadcasts. In case you didn't know, The Metropolitan Opera brodcasts Live in HD performances at theaters around the world. I saw the opera Hamlet, my first HD (high definition) broadcast, at the Belmar theater last March. I was wowed from the start.
*WOW!* No Seats! First of all, we got there an hour beforehand and almost didn't find seats together for the three of us. It was that full! (*hint* get there early!)
*WOW!* Up close! There are lots of cameras involved in the broadcast. You get to see so much more on the screen than you ever could even from a front row seat at a live performance - the singer's expressions, the orchestra, behind stage!
*WOW!* Popcorn! I've never been to the Met in New York, but I bet you can't eat popcorn there!
Now in it's fifth season, the line-up for the Live in HD productions for 2010-2011 season was announced in February. I've got these dates already marked on my calendar.
The Central City Opera House (less than an hour from Denver and so much closer to home) has some really great productions scheduled this summer as well. So if you can't make it to the Met in New York, the Santa Fe Opera or Vienna or even Central city, you can always check out the library's music cd or dvd collection. Some of my opera favorites on CD are:
Don't know anything about opera? Try this: How to Listen to and Understand Opera by Robert Greenberg, listen on CD or view on DVD. It is very informative and even my husband (no fan of opera) enjoyed this!
Want to gently introduce your baby and young children to opera? Try these recordings:
Not everybody likes opera, but I bet you've been exposed to opera in ways you weren't even aware...like in cartoons! Yes, Cartoons! What are some of your favorite operas?
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