Ever since an early Discovering Music lecture on Mozart and his operas, Allegra has been asking if we can somehow find a way to see Don Giovanni. You may or may not know that Don Giovanni is a “Don Juan” story where the main character winds up in–um–a “very hot place” at the end. I believe Mozart himself characterized Don Giovanni as an “opera buffa,” or a comic opera, but we were mystified at this, given the dark and dramatic ending. And the music is so beautiful, we decided that we needed to see it for ourselves.
After some searching, I made a momentous discovery. Did you know that the Metropolitan Opera in New York (yes, THAT Metropolitan Opera, THE one!) has a fantastic website? There are lots of video clips, articles, interviews, and the like, but best of all, you can pay for access to an incredible catalog of opera video. The price is a bit steep, at $14.99 per month or $150 per year, but did I mention that this is THE MET? And did I mention, FULL LENGTH PRODUCTIONS?
I willingly paid the fee. It’s a lot cheaper than going to New York and buying tickets to the opera. It’s also cheaper than seeing a local production (which I am happy to do–they are always terrific and it is important to support local theater whenever we can) if I take our entire family of six. These are top stars, top conductors, innovative interpretations and spectacular sets! I still am in shock–I can now go to the Metropolitan Opera app on my iPad or to the website on my laptop and browse the incredible collection before selecting something that otherwise we would probably not be able to see without considerable hardship and expense.
And yes, I did find Don Giovanni! It’s on the agenda for this weekend! Go check it out: The Metropolitan Opera website