After several years of wishing and hoping, I am pleased to report that the Regal Cinemas at the Westview Promenade are showing the Metropolitan Opera in HD on Saturday afternoons, with a rerun the following Wednesday evening. Seven more operas will be screened during the 2018-2019 season, and it is such a pleasure to attend a performance of the well-known operas that will be shown. The live HD feed is excellent, as is the sound, so you are seeing the opera in real time, just like the audience in New York. Although I am lucky enough to be able to travel to New York several times a year to see live opera, many more cannot make the trip and afford the tickets. The admission price to the HD performance is a lot less than even the cheapest places at the Met, and you have the best seats in the house in the cinema. You are literally on the stage with the singers, in the pit with the musicians, and backstage with the performers during the intermissions. If you have never experienced a live opera performance and wish you could, now is your chance; I guarantee that you will not be disappointed.

Lynne Price


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