I will be the first to admit that I am not an opera aficionado. Yet, I have good friends in Columbus who enjoy the many opportunities to attend opera concerts. It is the Metropolitan Opera “live” broadcasts into local theaters that sent me in great anticipation to the Crosswoods Cinema over the weekend to see Tosca with my wife and a couple who regularly attend these HD broadcasts. I prepped myself sufficiently by listening to Classical 101′s OPERA ABBREVIATED podcast focused on the Tosca plot and hosted in a very entertaining way by our Christopher Purdy. These are only about 8-9 minutes and give you a great synopsis of what to expect.
The theater seats (the good ones not on top of the screen) filled to capacity Saturday afternoon and they are the new comfortable loungers. I have to admit, the entire afternoon was a wonderful experience. During the two intermissions, the Met went backstage hosted by Renee Fleming, to talk about the challenges of the scene changes and get a glimpse of a rehearsal of a future opera with James Levine conducting. It was fun and fascinating. And the production of Tosca (subtitled) was anything but boring with sex, violence, betrayal and even suicide!
Looking for something to do on a cold Columbus Saturday afternoon? You should checkout the upcoming productions provided “Live” at several local theaters: Falstaff on December 14th; Rusalka on February 8th; and Prince Igor on March 1st. The Met website has the full schedule and a list of theaters in sixty countries now broadcasting the best Opera in the world. Wow. We will be back.