by Mona Seghatoleslami
My Christmas present this year was a trip to the Metropolitan Opera to see Renee Fleming and Thomas Hampson in Massenet’s Thaïs (thank you, Dad!). It was absolutely beautiful and transporting…the singing, the settings…the whole experience. But what’s an opera-lover to do the rest of the year?
There are a few opera opportunities around the state. In February, WVU will stage opera scenes and Marshall University will be performing Copland’s The Tender Land, and in May the WV Symphony will present La Boheme. Perhaps you’re close enough for a day trip to see opera in Pittsburgh, Dayton, or Cincinnati.
You can also always listen to the opera on the radio on Saturday afternoons, and for a few Saturdays, you can go out and see it in the movie theaters.
Have you been to one of the Metropolitan Opera movie broadcasts yet? I’ve gone on about my love for these shows around here previously. How would you like to go for free? I have some tickets to give away!
If you’re interested in free tickets to the Met Opera at the Movies, leave a comment below, or send an email with “Classically Speaking blog” in the subject line: firstname.lastname@example.org. I have tickets for Morgantown, WV and Ashland, KY; be sure to mention which location is better for you. The first one is coming up pretty quickly: Puccini’s La Rondine on Saturday January 10th, so let me know soon if you’re interested.
Here’s some of the comments that have been sent to me by people who went to see previous operas at the movies:
Both operas were wonderful - the Dr. Atomic was life-changing. John Adams is truly a genius
Faust was beyond my powers of description…
Thank you so much for giving us the tickets for Faust. It was an amazing experience, we both loved it. It was just perfect.
Dr. Atomic was amazing.
The show was sensational! That HD picture blown up to 20' x 40' was terrific. Better than being at the Met! It saved 9 hours of driving...
If you've been, I'd love to hear what you think. If you want to go--your free tickets are waiting! And if you have a line on some good opera opportunities in the area, be sure to let me know.