Sunday, January 17, 2010

From the Met! - the next best thing to being there...

Can there be anyone as beautiful and hot as the Latvian mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča playing Bizet's Carmen? (Of course not...and it is a rhetorical question.)
My opera loving friend TJ, her opera buff friend & I went to the movies on Saturday to see the Metropolitan Opera (NY City) live (in HD) broadcast of Carmen. Marvellous experience all around including wearing jeans and muching on popcorn (with increasing fervor) as the opera progressed. There are 3 more broadcasts in the 2009/2010 season coming up...look for it in a theatre near you.

6 comments:

brattcat said...

I wish our theaters here made this possible. I've only heard tell of this but have never had the opportunity to have this experience. I've been to the Met several times but this way of seeing Met opera in my hometown theater...that would be fabulous. Lucky, lucky you.

gogouci said...

What a wonderful way to sample major works of art at a fraction of the cost.

VP said...

I'd be glad te listen an opera like this...
It's not like a 'real live' one, but many good live recording are available in DVD.

Paula said...

I looked for them after seeing the adverts for them but must have missed them. They looked absolutely smashing and I'm so sorry to have missed them. I don't think they would be as amazing at home so I'm going to have to keep up and see if I catch them - if they even come here. Doy.

Nathalie said...

Munching on pop corn throughout a play or an opera ! Only in America !

The French couldn't possibly do anything like that. The munching noise would be considerate rude to others and the munching itself a distraction from the pure appreciation of the performance.

teej said...

Nathalie, you must have misunderstood: it's just a projection of the opera (that is, a movie). Like any movie, it's loud as all get out. Plus, Roberto Alagna couldn't see me feeding my face ;-)
Still, it's a really great way to see an opera; first, because of the thrill of it being live (will something go wrong with a prop? will he hit that B-flat?) and next because of audience. Although that last is kinda subdued: everyone felt silly applauding because the Met can't hear us!