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Met at the Movies in HD: Wear blue jeans, eat popcorn, see terrific opera, and still have some money in your pocket
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kaythomas
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October 1, 2010 - 5:33 pm
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 It's fall.   So here I am again to make my pitch for Met at the Movies.  This is something I believe in.      So here we go...............
 
Met at the Movies is actually the best thing since sliced bread.  No, you don't agree ??? 
 
Well,  Met at the Movies is better than the fact that there now is a generic substitute for Lipitor.  No, you still don't agree???  
 
Well, Met at the Movies is the most exciting thing to happen to opera since surtitles.   And that is the absolute truth.  Met at the Movies brings opera to me, to you, and to millions of people around the US and the world, right where we live, with a price we can afford.   And it allows us to see operas and opera singers we would never see otherwise. 
 
This is the sixth season for MET at the Movies.   This has been a huge, expensive undertaking by the MET and they have continued it during a time that they (and most other arts institutions) are struggling financially.  Doing an HD simulcast transmission of one opera costs the MET $1 million+++.   Last year (their 5th year) was the first year they made a profit ($2 million).  Few businesses would consider 5 years of losses before they made a tiny profit to make sense.  But the Met is not a business.  It is one of the great cultural insitution of our country.   And it has always felt a resporsibility to get opera out to more people in order to build the audience for opera so that opera will survive.  They have done this with the radio broadcasts for 50+ years, with operas shown on PBS, and they are now doing this with national and international transmission of HD simulcasts to movie theaters. 
 
And we are the lucky ones.  We are here to enjoy this.
 
This year the Met is doing 12 operas for Met at the Movies.   I am excited since 6 of those operas are ones I have never seen before.  Here is a link to the MetOpera site.  Then click on Live in HD and you will get to a page that will tell you about this season.  https://www.metoperafamily.org/metopera/index.aspx
 
The first HD opera will be Wagner's Das Rheingold  (the first part of The Ring Cycle)  on Oct 9. 
 
I can hear you all now -- Oh Wagner, how can I endure that.   Well let me tell you.  Give it a try.   You never know.  There must be some reason that The Ring Cycle is considered one of the greatest achievements of opera.    And in this new Met staging of The Ring Cycle by Robert Lepage we may find out why.  My philosphy is -- don't reject something (including Wagner) until you have experienced it.
 
OK.   That's it for now.  Got the message????  Support Met at the Movies and broaden your horizons. 
 
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Kay Thomas

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Scout
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Hey kay, thanks for the info. These are 25.00 a pop at my local movie theater. (Well one of them, to bad they aren't showing it in Portland's Schinitz Theater which is made for opera.)

I'll pass on the Ring but keep watching the schedule.

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I love the Met and the NYC Opera!  Until the kids get a little older though I guess we won't be going to the opera, symphony, or movies much.  Big sigh.

 

Thinking maybe The Lion King will be Ben's first Broadway show.  Maybe when he's 6?

 

We're negotiating how old he needs to be for Disney.

 

There aren't a lot of operas for kids.  Though I seem to remember that the opera companies and symphony put on special programs for kids.

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Ernest

There is a reason that most opera audiences are filled mainly with older people.  The younger people are raising families and working and don't have the time or money for opera.  

But Ernest, as your kids grow up, you will eventually have the time.  And then you can return and cultivate your interest in opera. 

Right now your thoughts about when Ben should see this or that are exactly what you should be thinking about.  You are a good dad.  Opera can wait.

Kay

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My kids like opera. Always have. They are both pretty musical, though.

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Kay, thanks for mentioning this. My Mom has been attending these at a local movie theater and she just adores it. Going to the actual opera is great, but it's a bit of a production (pun intended). Being able to visit a nearby theater and watch some of the great classics is unbeatable.

 

Amazingly, they don't offer this in the Ann Arbor area yet. I've only actually been to the opera once - La Boheme, if I recall - so I owe it to myself to check this out.

Life is the misery we endure between disappointments.

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Steerpike,  I just noticed your line at the end of your post.   It said...........Dying horribly is a lot easier than saving the universe.

You really should try opera.    Strangely enough, the composers of opera learned early on that it is difficult to save the universe and so in opera many people die horribly. But we care so much for them as we watch it happen.  Opera is the best thing since Greek tragedy.

ok, Steerpike, you got me going again but I will shut up now.  Kay

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