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29.12.06

Metropolitan Goes to the Movies

Go support the attempt by Peter Gelb, the new general director of the Metropolitan Opera, to popularize opera. On six Saturdays this winter and spring, the Met will be presenting a live video simulcast of some of its productions in select cinemas in the U.S. and around the world. These will take place at the same time as the regular radio broadcast, but you have to pay for a ticket to see the video. This Saturday kicks off with a shortened version of Julie Taymor's phantasmagoric Magic Flute, perfect for children (December 30), with the others as follows: I Puritani (January 6), Tan Dun's The First Emperor (January 13), Eugene Onegin (February 24), The Barber of Seville (March 24), and Il Trittico (April 28). All simulcasts begin at 1:30 pm [NB: time is Eastern time zone].

Check for a theater located near you. In the Washington area, there is only one option for viewing The Magic Flute: the Hoffman Center 22 (206 Swamp Fox Road, in Alexandria), and it is already sold out. Theaters change for every simulcast, so check the site carefully.

1 comment:

ACB said...

For readers in other times zones, but sure to note that the broadcasts are LIVE, so they all start at 1:30pm Eastern. My sister in Idaho was suprised that tickets were selling so well that she could only get seats at the 10:30am show! (Yes, she's a natural blonde...)