I spent Saturday evening under the stars, watching the Metropolitan Opera‘s beautifully funny staging of La Fille Du Regiment with the hilarious Natalie Dessay and Juan Diego Florez. Best part? It was totally free.
This Saturday was the kickoff for the Met’s Summer HD Festival, which I heard about through the CUarts weekly e-newsletter. Every evening through Monday, September 7, the Met will screen a different opera on a giant screen right in Lincoln Center plaza. They provide the seating and the entertainment; all you have to do is show up.
The productions are really stunning, showcasing the grandeur and sublime talent for which the Met is world famous. The festival will screen a wide variety of operas to suit every palate: traditional tragedies Romeo et Juliette, Orfeo et Eurydice, and Macbeth; witty comedies including La Fille du Regiment and Il Barbiere de Siviglia; sumptuous classics La Boheme and Madama Butterfly; and more. Can’t make it this week? You can watch every Opening Night of the Met’s 09-10 season for FREE. Through their Live in HD series, the Met will transmit each opera live to Lincoln Plaza and Times Square. Tickets available in September.
When you go the Summer HD Festival, get there a little early since the best seats fill up ahead of time. I also recommend that you pay a visit to the gelato cart on the plaza – their Stracciatella is excellent.
Think opera can be dull? Check out this YouTube clip of Marie leading the soldiers’ fight song in La Fille du Regiment: