You don’t have to live in New York to catch the MET’s phenomenal operatic productions. “Front Row Centre Events” by Cineplex Odeon is the greatest invention since sliced bread. Anyone near a North American city can watch operas from the MET, live theatre from Royal Albert Hall in London, live symphonic performances from the best orchestras in the world, rock concerts, ballets, and classic films on the big screen.
Cineplex has thrown in two holiday opera events for the whole family, not to be missed:
1- THE MAGIC FLUTE (IN ENGLISH!) by Mozart. This 90 minute abridged version was directed by Julie Taymor, who brought the Lion King to Broadway. Sung in English and shortened, this would be a great introduction to opera for the whole family. DATE: DEC. 28, 2011. Check Cineplex Odeon’s website for show times near you.
2- HANSEL AND GRETEL by Humperdinck. Based on the Brothers Grimm story, the plot line will be familiar to most children. When I was little, my parents had an LP of the opera, which my siblings and I listened to over and over until it was scratched up. The music is wonderful, and adds a further element of enchantment to the story. Based on a previous production by the MET it would appear to be in English, but I am not certain. DATE: DEC. 29, 2011. Check Cineplex Odeon’s website for show times near you.
I can’t wait to take the kids. We can’t make it to both, so the question is which should we see? Decisions, decisions!