I normally work on Saturdays, so hear the Met Opera broacasts right from the fabulous speakers in the Classical MPR booth.
But last night, a couple of my girlfriends and I went to the Carmen encore in Eagan. It was fabulous! Not only a tremendous production - with Roberto Algana and Elina Garanca as two completly believable and three-dimensional characaters - but the up-close and personal camera-angles made for a most amazing opera experience.
Don't miss this opportunity to see the Met in HD in the theatre. The next show is this Saturday, Verdi's Simon Boccanegra.
Here's a YouTube clip that's currently making the email rounds.
I give this guy a lot of credit, not just for his musical and production chops, but also for not choosing one of the same old classical favorites that gets re-arranged over and over(William Tell, Hallelujah Chorus, Fur Elise. . . .) Actually I give him credit for what he did choose--a section of the Magic Flute overture--since in that opera, panpipes appear, and the instrument that he's playing on is, in effect -- well, just take a look.