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Subject: Re: Met broadcasts in Dallas
From: Jon Goldberg <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Jon Goldberg <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Tue, 6 Dec 2016 13:16:51 -0500

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And indeed, as we all know, or *should* know, there are live transmissions of operas going 
on quite frequently on the web. I too find the excitement of a live performance that much 
more fun than a recording - I assume most of us do - but even "recorded live" is a decent 
compromise. Or, Sirius, at least in its internet format, does have a rollback feature, so one 
can hear the live broadcast a few hours later if desired. And even if you MUST hear the 
performance literally as it's being sung, there's still much more of that to be found 
nowadays than before the internet. 

Growing up, it was mostly just on Saturday afternoons - and when the Met season was 
over, other companies like Chicago and San Francisco would fill in (and still do). But 
nowadays it's also possible to have more options, and from all around the world - maybe 
at other times over the weekend, or maybe other live operas on Saturday afternoons 
beside the Met (god forbid we should listen to something else lol). 

We should indeed be celebrating how much more is out there now. And that also means 
you can choose to listen to as much as you can, OR you can still just reserve that one 
special time a week, etc. It's all good. 

On Tue, 6 Dec 2016 12:12:53 -0500, Peggy Houdek <[log in to unmask]> 

>I don’t about  “generational”, ‘cause I’m probably older than you.  But, I 
absolutely love being able to have “live” opera on my computer all the time.  Now 
that I don’t have to work anymore (yay!)  I can do whatever I want which includes 
having opera on most of my waking hours.  I’ve recently got a new computer, my first 
Mac, and have been spending lots of time going through my many flash drives and it’s 
amazing what I’ve found.  Recently an Amahl video turned up which brought me to 
>So, this isn’t meant to be critical, but just to point out how different we all are in 
many wonderful ways.
>(,,,) ^..^(,,,)
>> On Dec 6, 2016, at 11:40 AM, donald kane <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> I don't want now and never did want a "staggering range of live
>> opera" to make me happy, and I don't think a performance that
>> is available at any time on a variety of devices, deserves to be
>> called "live".  I have been to a great many operas in the past,
>> sometimes as many as two a week, and have collected shelf
>> loads of recorded ones, some of which have yet to shed their
>> shrink-wrap, but, call it nostalgia if you must, I always have
>> found it especially satisfying to reserve the time for a truly live
>> transmission like the Saturday matinees or those ever more
>> infrequent (if not altogether vanished) PBS offerings.  The
>> feeling of a special event originating in a real place in real time
>> is simply more rewarding to me than the sort of sound track
>> to life that a continuous stream of music out of nowhere can
>> deliver.  It's a generational thing, I guess.
>> dtmk
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