Opera a well-kept secret

To the Editor:

Shh! It’s a secret, so don’t breathe a word of it.

This big secret is only found right here in Piqua. And it is so secret that it is known to less than 5 percent of people who live in Piqua, although it has been right here for 11 years.

What is this closely guarded secret? How can I get in on it?

It is the live webcast performances on the screen at our local cinema 10 times during the season direct from the Metropolitan Opera in midtown Manhattan in New York City. We said “live” and on the big screen — and with the biggest names and voices in the entire world of opera entertaining us right here in Piqua! During the fall through spring opera season, there are 10 matinee performances sent to over 2,200 theaters in more than 70 countries around the world, and ours is one of them.

Talk about being blessed with the world’s best talent and productions in the realm of the arts!

The productions are amazing; the music is beyond world-class; the photography and sound just perfect, and your seat at our cinema is far better than the $300 front row seats at the Met — with close-ups on the performers plus interviews with the stars of this amazing art form during intermissions. For persons unfamiliar with opera, there are great subtitles on the screen so you know just what is being sung and can easily follow the story, be it a tragedy, a romance, an adventure, or a romantic-comedy.

There are still two performances left in this season’s series. On Saturday, April 14, at 12:30 p.m., you can watch Italian master Giuseppe Verdi’s “Luisa Miller” and on Saturday, April 28, at 1 p.m. Massenet’s “Cendrillon” (that’s “Cinderella” to most of us). Tickets for these classic live performances are $20 for us seniors and a buck or two higher for younger folks.

The 2018-19 Metropolitan opera season which Piqua will receive will include such world-class singers as Anna Netrebko, Roberto Alagna, Juan Diego Florez, Diana Damrau, and Jonas Kaufmann. Trust us, voices just don’t come any better than this!

So, two chances remain to “discover” this secret attraction here in Piqua this spring and look forward to more superb artistic performances come fall.

See you there.

— Gordie and Susie Wise