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Coronavirus have you feeling stir-crazy?
The Met’s best operas will be free online

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Posted By: Imright, 3/17/2020 12:56:30 PM

Can’t get to the opera? The opera will come to you! The Met, which has been forced to cancel its performances in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, has given music lovers a gift: the chance to livestream its acclaimed “Live in HD” performances, starting Monday night with Bizet’s “Carmen.”Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, who was supposed to perform in Massenet’s “Werther” at the Met this week with Piotr Beczała, took to Facebook with him to livestream a few excerpts, including a love duet.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: IowaDad 3/17/2020 1:32:57 PM (No. 349038)
We watched it on the original Met HD broadcast in our local cinema-- fabulous! I subsequently saw the same production live. Both had advantages over the other. Met HD is a wonderful way of introducing kids to opera (and a whole bucket load cheaper!). Last night the steaming app to our TV refused to get going. Maybe overloaded?
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Reply 2 - Posted by: DVC 3/17/2020 1:33:27 PM (No. 349039)
Even for free......no, thanks.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: bldrrepub 3/17/2020 2:07:01 PM (No. 349066)
Attempted to watch Carmen last night. No go; website crashed, and the app was DOA. They need some help scaling their servers.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: WesternTradition 3/17/2020 2:43:15 PM (No. 349093)
Oh YEAH! When dey gonna show dat opry jawn???
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Reply 5 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX 3/17/2020 2:52:21 PM (No. 349100)
Because heaven knows how many people were going crazy at being unable to attend the opera. Sigh.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: hammondb3 3/17/2020 3:04:15 PM (No. 349115)
I studied piano performance in college and was a pretty dang good pianist in my day (still am... but no time to practice 4-6 hours every day like then). There are a lot of operas that I really like... until the singing starts.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Heraclitus 3/17/2020 3:41:46 PM (No. 349160)
I see one of my favorites, "La Boheme", another favorite, " Aida", not on the available list. Many years ago I saw Leontyne Price perform Aida on PBS. Extraordinary voice. When we were young, Mom had the Metropolitan Opera on the radio every Saturday morning. Sometimes Mom would sing along. She was a trained singer, soprano, sometimes referred to as a "Wagnerian soprano" because of the range and depth, of course able to sing arias from Wagner. It was wonderful. I can almost hear her now. The War and then my Dad interrupted her career. My beautiful Mom.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: davew 3/17/2020 3:47:26 PM (No. 349164)
We recently attended the streaming presentation of "Porgy and Bess". One of the most beautiful and inspiring theater experiences I've ever had. The film version in the 50's was watered down and edited to appeal to the mass audience. Seeing the full live production of the original operatic score as it was originally staged was vastly better. The camera work also made it possible to see the performance better than the live audience. You can really see how hard the performers and dancers work from the closeups. I don't think they will be streaming anything this recent but I may tune in to some of these just to see how well they look on my home screen.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: rubberneck 3/17/2020 4:58:42 PM (No. 349247)
Which one has the crying singing clown in it? Oh, yeah! Pagliacci! (I'm thinking a crying singing clown would be just perfect, these days...)
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Reply 10 - Posted by: MainelySane 3/17/2020 6:01:05 PM (No. 349311)
Fantastic!!
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Reply 11 - Posted by: Scribelus 3/17/2020 6:49:07 PM (No. 349330)
Music, thank G-d. Music is always there.
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