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We just came from an outstanding performance of Rusalka, starring Renee Fleming, streamed live to our local movie theater, (theatre to you Bruce). Of course it would have been better to see it in person, but this alternative is much less expensive, has great camera work, excellent sound and is just 2 miles from my home. I thoroughly enjoyed it and to my delight, my husband was very enthusiastic about his first opera! He has already asked me to buy tickets to the next one.

If you love opera or are new to it and want to give it a try without breaking the bank, here's the link. It's open seating, $24 US per ticket.

http://www.metoperafamily.org/metopera/liveinhd/LiveinHD.aspx



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Originally Posted by gooddog
We just came from an outstanding performance of Rusalka, starring Renee Fleming, streamed live to our local movie theater, (theatre to you Bruce). Of course it would have been better to see it in person, but this alternative is much less expensive, has great camera work, excellent sound and is just 2 miles from my home. I thoroughly enjoyed it and to my delight, my husband was very enthusiastic about his first opera! He has already asked me to buy tickets to the next one.

If you love opera or are new to it and want to give it a try without breaking the bank, here's the link. It's open seating, $24 US per ticket.

http://www.metoperafamily.org/metopera/liveinhd/LiveinHD.aspx



Hi, Deborah,

I've been attending the Met in HD in my area and have really enjoyed the performances. I wasn't able to attend Rusalka today, but I did see Eugene Onegin and The Nose. Eugene Onegin was really nice.

Being on the east side of the Cascades during the winter makes things iffy sometimes for traveling to events in Seattle, so I do appreciate being able to enjoy the Met HD performances close to home.

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I have seen a couple productions at my local movie theater. I really should much more often, as my interest in opera has greatly increased. (I sang in the chorus for Don Giovanni last month!)

Music students at my school get 50% discounts, so I really need to take advantage of it, too.

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Originally Posted by gooddog
We just came from an outstanding performance of Rusalka, starring Renee Fleming, streamed live to our local movie theater...

Wow, I didn't know about that. I was in the car this morning listening to Rusalka -what a gorgeous opera!- and I do wonder why that's the only opera we get. Critical writing claims that the other Dvorak operas suffer from bad libretti (Schubert on steroids), but I often wonder what glorious music we might be missing.

Dvorak is such an odd bloke. Unlike Brahms -who loved and promoted Dvorak- Dvorak didn't have much of a talent for writing idiomatically for the piano, yet (scary thought coming up!) IMO his chamber music and symphonies have a spontaneous feel to them which, Father forgive me, I do not always sense in Brahms.

One of the most precious pieces in my life -of any composer- is his E minor Piano Trio. I am so grateful to know it, and many thanks to my uni friends when we rehearsed and performed.


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Dvorak is such an odd bloke. Unlike Brahms -who loved and promoted Dvorak- Dvorak didn't have much of a talent for writing idiomatically for the piano, yet (scary thought coming up!) IMO his chamber music and symphonies have a spontaneous feel to them which, Father forgive me, I do not always sense in Brahms.

And as for Beethoven and Mozart, they've got nothing on Dvorak. grin


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One of the most precious pieces in my life -of any composer- is his E minor Piano Trio. I am so grateful to know it, and many thanks to my uni friends when we rehearsed and performed.
I think Dvorak's music is rich and fresh and I love what he wrote but I also adore Brahms.

Jason, I didn't know about the other operas. How lucky for you that you got to play the E minor piano trio! I've got a special liking for the F minor piano trio. Dvorak's 7th symphony is one of my most played CD's.


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I highly recommend the Met's HD transmissions to anyone who might be remotely interested in opera. I have overheard other members of the HD audience say to their companions that they didn't think they would like it when they attended the first time and were pleasantly surprised to discover that they did. Now they attend on a regular basis.

I am fortunate to live near enough to New York City that I can attend the Met on a regular basis but I still like the HD productions because they offer a completely different perspective from my usual seat in the balcony. They are very professionally done from a cinematic viewpoint -- with expert camera work and editing. One also gets a chance to see what's going on behind the curtain as the stage crew changes the scenery between acts.


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