|Chucky enjoys the opera!|
"What?" "What's this?" "Just what in the heck is going on here?" "I thought that this was a vegetarian blog?" Hmm... Let me check that hyperlink again. "Nope." "My browser is linked to http://chucky-thefatvegetarian.blogspot.com/ so what gives?"
Tiffany and I went to see Gaetano Donizetti's "Don Pasquale" and it was fantastic! Absolutely fantastic. 3-hours and 15-minutes absolutely well spent.
This is why I decided to write this blog. I wanted to share The Metropolitan Opera's "Live in HD" program. Basically, you purchase a ticket to your local movie theater, sit and enjoy a live opera broadcast.
This was Tiffany and my fourth opera. We were introduced to the program in just enough time to catch the last live opera of the 2009-2010 MET Live in HD season (Gioachino Rossini's "Armida" staring Renée Fleming). We have subsequently enjoyed "Das Rheingold" and "Boris Godunov" during the current season.
I wanted to share some observations that I was previously unaware until we discovered the wonderful program:
- It's very affordable. Only $22.00/ticket in our hometown.
- Excellent well-behaved theater crowd.
- All operas are sub-titled in your local language.
- You are offered a scene-by-scene synopsis sheet prior to start of the show. Additionally, the MET offers synopsis sheets online prior to the day of the event.
- You get live behind-the-scene coverage with cast interviews and all of the gears, wires, cogs, and stage equipment rolled and hoisted to present the show. I find the behind-the-scene mechanical engineering absolutely fascinating!
- For the longer opera events, there are intermissions. Today's was 20-minutes as they redid the behind-the-curtain set.
- An opera is a most wonderful blending of three fundamental components: orchestra, singers, and actors. So far, every Metropolitan opera singer that we've watched has been an incredible actor/actress. Facial expression, movement, and total role submersion.
Give it a try! Keep an open mind and see whether it's for you or not. Just one try and you might find a special something you are otherwise missing!
Hi-dee hi-dee opera-ho my friends!