At the Met

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The Met

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.

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3 thoughts on “At the Met

  1. Hi Janet. My mom’s been going to the Met HD broadcasts pretty much since they started, at first in TO and now in Halifax. I’ve been a couple of times and have been very impressed. We’d probably go more often but we have a CoC subscription.

    There’s nothing better than a great acoustic yes, but the visuals in the Met HD productions are pretty compelling. In fact they do a fine job with the sound as well. Some of the “need” to applaud at the films is that you have the sound of the audience around you. It’s fairly immersive.

    It certainly beats listening on the radio.

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  2. They have those down here in Vancouver and it’s on my list of things to do when I have some pennies to jingle. It’s live so they have to co-ordinate it with the time that it’s on in New York, which means it tends to be in the afternoon – not bad though. I could handle an afternoon at the Met.

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