I’ve never had an opportunity to go to the Metropolitan Opera, although it’s definitely on my bucket list.
The Yukon Arts Centre runs a series that allows people to view operas performed at the Met either live, or rebroadcast. In either case they are in high definition on a big screen and give audiences a chance to see the singers up close. While nothing beats being there in person, this is definitely the next best thing, and it allows Yukon audiences to be treated to some amazing performances that we wouldn’t otherwise see.
There are also back-stage ‘footage’ of the sets being moved, interviews with the props folks, some of the performers, etc. I was fascinated by it all, especially by the size of some of the sets.
Today’s opera was Donizetti’s L’elisir D’amore (The Love Potion) and it was wonderful! I must say though, it felt odd not to clap after each of the numbers or scenes. Some people did it anyway, despite the fact that no performers were actually there to hear them.
This is the first time I’ve attended one of these offerings by the Yukon Arts Centre, but it definitely won’t be the last.