Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

January 17, 2022
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The Metropolitan Opera at a theatre near you!

The sets are spectacular, the costumes stunning, the music and voices divine. For the third year running, the legendary New York Met will broadcast live performances in HDTV to more than 800 theatres around the world.

Opera-schmopera you may think. Trust me, this is different. Once you’ve seen a production on the big screen — IMAX if you can — you’ll understand what all the fuss is about. And remember, this is live. You’re seeing it at the same time as audiences in New York. Plus, you get backstage interviews during intermissions. And all for less than $20.

But this is not like going to a film opening; from the moment you step into the theatre, you’ll be immersed in a talkative, outgoing crowd, many of them packing box lunches. These aren’t strangers, they’re your new friends. Some are veterans, many novices. All are there for the music, the drama — the sheer emotion of it — and for a good time. Most performances begin at 1:30pm EST (10:30am on the West Coast). Get there up to an hour early for a good seat and the pre-game chatter.

The season-opening gala (September 22 at 6:30pm EST) stars Renée Fleming. Music director James Levine and Marco Armiliato will conduct fully-staged performances of the second act of Verdi’s La Traviata, the third act of Massenet’s Manon and the final scene from Richard Strauss’ Capriccio. Tenor Ramón Vargas and baritones Thomas Hampson and Dwayne Croft will join the soprano.

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