Opera for the Unemployed

Friends, are you like me? Out of work, no prospects in sight, slowly but surely spiraling down into an economic, social and psychological abyss? Yet still hankering not just for entertainment but for the grand display of opera? Then I have a deal for you!

Starting tomorrow night, Lincoln Center hosts outdoor HD screenings of some of the Met Opera’s past performances, gratis. The pleasure of outdoor movies and opera in one! Sure, there’s a tropical storm coming through, but that will just make it easier to snag a seat. Highlights will be Eugene Onegin on 8/31, Peter Grimes 9/3 and Orfeo ed Euridice 9/5.

Then, once fall begins, plan to head out to the Kew Gardens Cinema for their Opera in Cinema series; it’s not clear what the actual ticket prices will be, but compared to the cost of flying to Europe and seeing these productions in person, it’s will be as nothing. And the lineup is impressive; the first two parts of The Ring, Cosi fan Tutte, L’Orfeo and more. I’ve got plans already. See you there.

gtra1n

I'm a composer and musician, and I write about music—I do that here, for the New York Classical Review, at the Brooklyn Rail (I edit the music section there) and any place else that will have me, like New Music Box and Music & Literature. I also wrote the Miles Davis' Bitches Brew book in the 33 1/3 series.