“Live” Opera in NH

As some of you know, I am a big fan of the Live from the Met in HD Saturday matinees. What a wonderful way to spend a chilly Saturday afternoon in a dark theatre watching live opera, broadcast directly from New York’s Metropolitan Opera, with superlative casts and production values.

On Jan. 21, the much acclaimed new production of Gounod’s RomĂ©o et Juliette will be broadcast live starting at 12:55. The doomed lovers will be sung by German soprano Diana Damrau and Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo. For a $25 dollar price of admission, you get a LOT for your money…best of all, word-for-word SUB-TITLES, great sound and picture, a Met superstar host or hostess, interviews with the artists as they leave the stage, and sometimes a look at the backstage stuff I love…costume or wig departments, carpentry/painting/set building shops, and occasionally a live rehearsal of an upcoming production. As a lifelong opera nut (and singer!), this now 10 year old tradition is an affordable option to the hassle of traveling to NYC and spending hundreds on a good ticket.

There are 10 broadcasts this season (tomorrow’s R&J is the 4th), and I attend at the Hooksett Cinemagic on Hooksett Road…and let’s not forget the free parking! I hope some of my students and friends will take advantage of this enriching cultural offering.

You can find a complete list of the Met’s Live in HD broadcasts here: www.metopera.org


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