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click to enlarge Performances by the Metropolitan Opera are broadcast live at venues all over Hudson Valley.
  • Performances by the Metropolitan Opera are broadcast live at venues all over Hudson Valley.

New York's Metropolitan Opera isn't the oldest classical music organization in America. But, with its massive symphonic orchestra, chorus, and children's choir, as well as numerous supporting and leading solo singers and regular freelance guest performers, it is America's largest and, arguably, its best known. The company was founded in 1880 by a breakaway group of nouveau riche industrialists/arts patrons that included members of the Vanderbilt, Morgan, and Roosevelt families, all of whom had found themselves shut out of the resentful, old-money scene at the already established Academy of Music.

The Metropolitan Opera—commonly known as the Met—opened the first Metropolitan Opera House, at 1411 Broadway, in 1883, which swiftly eclipsed its stuffy predecessor (the Academy closed in 1886). In 1966, the Met moved to its present, iconic Lincoln Center location, from where it began beaming high-definition live video broadcasts of its productions via satellite to select theaters and other venues around the world in 2006.

"We started carrying the live Saturday matinee broadcasts the first year they were available, and they've been really, really successful," says Linda Mussman, cofounder of Hudson multiarts venue Time & Space Limited (TSL), which also screens live events by the Bolshoi Ballet and National Theatre in HD. "Right away, the attendance was really good, and people have been coming from all over the area. A lot of them are people who've loved seeing the Met in New York but can't get down to the city as easily now. We get a lot of young people who have been curious about opera, because they screenings are so accessible. I think opera is the most democratic art form: If you can sing well enough, you've got the part. It doesn't matter what you look like."

The Met's repertoire spans from the bedrock classics of the 18th and 19th centuries to the Minimalist works of the 20th century. This year's season includes Cilea's "Adrian Lecouvreur"; Debussy's "Pelleas et Melisande"; Bizet's "Carmen"; Mozart's "La Clemenza di Tito" and "Don Giovani"; Poulenc's "Dialogues des Carmelites"; Verdi's "Otello," "Falstaff," and "Rigoletto"; and more.

"The broadcasts are shot using 13 cameras, with all of these amazing angles and closeups and backstage scenes—elements you'll never see even if you're in the audience at Lincoln Center," says Chris Silva, executive director of the Bardavon 1869 Opera House in Poughkeepsie, which likewise began streaming the Met's performances in 2006. "And since it's the Met, no expense is spared, in terms of the sets and costumes. It really is one of the best ways to see an opera."

The Metropolitan Opera's 2018-2019 season continues through May 10. The live broadcast schedule can vary, depending on the outlet. (See websites for more information.)

Hudson Valley Venues Streaming the Met Live

Location Details Time and Space Limited
434 Columbia Street
Hudson, NY
(518) 822-8448
Art Centers

Location Details Bardavon 1869 Opera House
35 Market Street
Poughkeepsie, NY
Music Venues
Location Details Ridgefield Playhouse
80 East Ridge
Ridgefield, CT
(203) 438-5795
Theaters

Location Details Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC)
601 Broadway
Kingston, NY
(845) 339-6088
Art Centers and Music Venues

Location Details Poughkeepsie Galleria Mall
2001 South Road
Poughkeepsie, NY
cpowers@poughkeepsieday.org
Malls
Location Details Moviehouse
48 Main Street
Millerton, NY
518-789-0022
Cinemas

Location Details Mahawie Performing Arts Center
14 Castle Street
Great Barrington, MA
(413) 528-0100
Music Venues, Art Centers and Theaters
Regal Crossgates Stadium (Albany)

AMC Lowes Danbury 16
(Danbury, Connecticut)

Regal Colonie Center Stadium 13 & RPX (Albany)

Beacon Cinema (Pittsfield, Massachusetts)

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