Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from goo.gl/Ta4oAX.
Published January 2nd 2014
The Fat Lady Sings in HD
Ambrogio Maestri as Sir John Falstaff, Photo: Ken Howard/Met Opera
Founded in 1880, The Metropolitan Opera Company has seen many spectacular performances over the past hundred and thirty years. Many great names have poked their faces on stage, from conductors, actors, and even Walt Disney's Willy the singing whale from Make Mine Music.
But since 2006, You no longer have to live in New York to enjoy a night at the Met; you can see performances live in HD right from the comfort of your local cinema. There are hundreds of venues around the world, which will be showing the latest season of operas. From Australia to Brazil to, from the UK to Hong Kong, wherever you live, check out where you can see the next six shows.
Very similar to Hans Christian Anderson's Little Mermaid, this tragic fairytale tells the story of Rusalka, the water nymph. She falls in love with a human prince, and although warned that humans are evil, she cannot help but long to be with him. She asks the sea witch to make her human, but at a price. She will lose the power of speech, and if the prince does not fall in love with her, he will die.
Borodin's Prince Igor 1st March
After almost a hundred years, Borodin's defining Russian epic about the founding of the Russian Nation comes back to the Met in a new production by Dmitri Tcherniakov.
Massenet's Werther 15th March
Set in Germany during the 1890s, Charlotte is awaiting her fiancee, Albert to return. Charlotte promised her dying mother that she would marry him, but during his absence, she begins to get closer to a poet called Werther. Then Albert comes back.
Puccini's La Bohème 5th April
The most performed opera in the Met's history, La Bohème is a story of young love in Paris during the 1830s. Trying to keep warm, Rodolfo, meets Mimi at a cafe on Christmas Eve.
Mozart's Così fan tutte
Two young officers from Naples boast about the beauty and virtue of their girlfriends, but Don Alfonso is cynical and say all women are unfaithful. He makes a bet with them that he can prove their lover's are just the same. And they agree.
Rossini's La Cenerentola
This classic fairytale of Cinderella is to be performed by mezzo-soprano, Joyce DiDonato, who is making her first Met appearance.