Live opera webcasts ‘out of sight’

To the Editor:

A huge piece of international artistry has dropped in on Piqua for the 13th consecutive year.

We refer to the Metropolitan Opera’s “Live from the Met” series of 10 Saturday matinee performances, which are shown at our local Cinemark theater.

Those 11 live operas, webcast as they are performed at the Met, opened last Saturday with the classic “Aida.” The second opera will be here live on the local screen on Saturday, Oct. 20, at 12:55 p .m. It will feature opera superstars Elina Garanca and Roberto Alagna in “Sampson et Dalila.”

If you haven’t seen any of this world-class musical talent (and relatively few in the area have since there is no advertising or promotion to spread the word), please know that the quality of the production and the stars of the Met who deliver it are simply out-of-sight great. The people who sit in the $300 seats at the Met don’t have as great a seat as we who pay about $20 for such entertainment. Subtitles are on the screen so you know what is being sung; interviews with the stars and others at intermission(s) are great.

In addition to the live productions on 11 Saturday afternoons between now and next May 15, this season there are two “encore” performances (taped) on the Wednesdays following their live Saturday showing (Wednesdays at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.) The prices are lower for the “encore” showings for those who didn’t have the Saturday afternoon available.

Please check out these opportunities to see such genuine works of musical art right here in Piqua! You will not be disappointed.

— Gordie and Susie Wise