There is a relatively new feature of the Metropolitan Opera in New York to simulcast its production live to select movie theatres around the world. Today we were fortunate enough to see Verdi's Aida at a movie theatre about 5 miles away. Far less expensive than flying to new York, plus hotel, meals, transportation and of course the tickets to the MET.
A very cool feature is the back-stage tours before and during intermissions (2) to see how the army of engineers, carpenters, costumers, stagehands and, for this performance, animal handlers, as there were horses pulling chariots across the stage. Absolutely magnificent. A real treat.
The 2012-2013 season will show about a dozen productions with about two per month. Aida, alas, is a tragedy in the Romeo and Juliet genre, that sadly, does not end happily ever after.
I am thankful for the opportunity to experience such a fabulous production.
- Robert Welton: Twitter