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Thursday, August 26, 2010 - 09:54 PM

Tomorrow night, the Metropolitan Opera starts its second annual (hopefully, anyway) Summer HD Festival. They’ll be spending the next ten nights out on Lincoln Center Plaza showing operas that were originally beamed live into movie theaters. And it’s free!

Some of my first opera experiences as a kid were outdoors, in a park, with a pond next to the stage. We used to love the friendly competition from bullfrogs “harrumphing” along with the music. (If the singers weren’t up to snuff, we even cheered for the bullfrogs.)
The Met's HD broadcasts are a different experience from being in the theater, but a wonderful one in their own way. (Check out the Soundcheck Smackdown on our sister station WNYC.)
I love introducing people to opera. Remember when someone did that for you? This is a great chance to grab someone who’s never been, and share something you love with them.

And it’s free!


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Michael from Syracuse

Are we allowed to put in a plug for the new Met Player internet application on this blog, Naomi? Yesterday I signed up for the free trial at the Met Opera website, went home and fed Tosca from my laptop to our 32 inch flat screen television. We were blown away by the H-D experience. Scarpia never looked so evil from the mezzanine at the Met. Suddenly those long winter nights to come promise to be much less bleak. Everybody should get one of these gizmos, invite the neighborhood kids over for 'Pizza with Puccini.' Let's see if we can get Verdi to go viral!

Sep. 01 2010 12:53 PM

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