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Subject: Re: Met broadcasts in Dallas
From: E J Michel <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:E J Michel <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Thu, 15 Dec 2016 15:38:37 -0500

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agreeing to the positive comments above

the wealth of LIVE opera available by audio and video stream from around
the world is staggering.  and its increased even in the last two years.

Just go to a Saturday listing on
you will find dozens of live operas and some recorded live - streaming from
all over Europe and the rest of the world.
i sometimes listen to the beginning of one and then switch to another and
on ...

What has also changed is the hold the Met used to put to the European
stations - previously they HAD to air the MET on the same day and live as
the US broadcast, now many either dont air the MET at all, or pick and
choose (BBC Radio 3 is an example) or time shift it to another day

So whereas you used to be tied ONLY to the MET on Saturday here in the US,
now the European stations often have more interesting operas.

And the amount of live streams from European opera houses (including video)
is constantly increasing; although many of the larger houses are turning to
subscription based and payperview (Vienna for one but its very good quality
and available on Apple TV so you can get very high resolution).

Symphony orchestras are not far behind either  The Berlin Philharmonic also
has subscription or payperview and are increasingly presenting opera. Their
app is available on practically any device and Apple TV as well as Smart
Tvs by Samsung and Sony.  This is the best out there and is priced
accordingly.  The live concerts are beautifully filmed and production
values are incredibly high.

a note about WCRB - they have cultivated a unique relationship with the
Boston Symphony Orchestra - every month you can hear their entire live
streamed concert repertory going back one year .  BSO also live streams on
Saturday evening during the Boston season and Fri, Sat live and Sun night
(taped of the live afternoon concert) during Tanglewood.

I could go on and on.

I am still impressed and amazed that I can sit and watch Martha Argerich
perform with the Berlin Phil live ... or Anja Harteros sing BALLO in
Vienna. (doubt if she will ever come to the MET)

its a far cry from growing up in a city where the MET was about the only
classical music ever played on the radio to this overwhelming selection!

Best regards,

E J Michel
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On Tue, Dec 6, 2016 at 1:16 PM, Jon Goldberg <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> 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]>
> wrote:
> >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
> tears.
> >
> >So, this isn’t meant to be critical, but just to point out how
> different we all are in
> many wonderful ways.
> >
> >Best,
> >
> >Peggy
> >
> >(,,,) ^..^(,,,)
> >
> >
> >
> >> 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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