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FINALLY, THE MET IS BROADCASTING MY FAVORITE OPERA. THIS PERFORMANCE CELEBRATES THE 250th ANNIVERSARY OF BEETHOVEN'S BIRTH. WHETHER YOU ARE A PARTICULAR FAN OF OPERA OR NOT, IF YOU LIKE CLASSICAL MUSIC, YOU WILL LOVE THIS PIECE. IT IS BEETHOVEN AT HIS BEST. ON MY PERSONAL "BEST OF" LIST, FIDELIO IS TIED AT #1 WITH THE NINTH. I'm listing this very early because I want to be sure that all of you who like classical music even a little sign up and keep the date open. If the national shutdown hasn't ended by then, the nation's economy will be in ruins and many of us will have run out of toilet paper and sanity. For those of you who find it depressing to have an opera that ends with a baker's dozen of nuns being marched off, one at a time, to the guillotine, this opera is an uplifting tale, a hymn to freedom and marital fidelity, as Opera-Online puts it. And if you want to put a modern PC spin on it, a story about female empowerment and cross dressing. This opera is unique in several ways, one of which is the elevated role of the orchestra. To me, the orchestra's role in many Italian [and other] operas seems to be just to support the singers and not to be an equal partner in the music. Here is a discussion of the opera: https://www.opera-online.com/en/articles/fidelio-a-unique-opera In my non-expert view, the orchestra is given some exceptional, very Beethoven music and becomes an equal partner with the soloists and the chorus. Take as an example the finale from the opera, in which the chorus, the orchestra, and the soloists engage in a wonderful musical conversation: https://youtu.be/ehTJHtbizIY If you didn't find those four minutes exciting and uplifting and provoking of goosebumps, then I can't help or convince you. I do hope that the Met's staging changes neither the geographical setting [Spain] nor the time period [late 18th century]. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, there was an historic, emotional performance of Beethoven's Ninth in celebration of freedom. Before the fall, Fidelio played a part. From Wikipedia: "The first night of Fidelio at the Semperoper in Dresden on 7 October 1989 on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the DDR (East Germany) coincided with violent demonstrations at the city's main train station. The applause after the "Prisoners' Chorus" interrupted the performance for considerable time, and the production by Christine Mielitz had the chorus appear in normal street clothes at the end, signifying their role as representatives of the audience. Four weeks later, on 9 November 1989, the fall of the Berlin Wall signaled the end of East Germany's regime." Seeing a Met Opera simulcast with first-class singers and accessible music is a real opportunity. And who knows, you might like it. The Metropolitan Opera is as good as it gets. And these broadcasts are a chance to see the Met at a bargain price, in comfortable seats, and with popcorn or ice cream at your seat. For a synopsis from the Met, follow the link below: TBD Special Fathom Features: Go behind the scenes with the Met's stars! During intermission, interviews with cast, crew and production teams give a revealing look at what goes into the staging of an opera. Seating is reserved [I have TBD]. To buy tickets on line [Price TBD]. To buy your ticket online: TBD Discounts will probably be available if you purchase tickets to three or more of the[masked] series. And Movie Club members get discounts. As usual, expect perfection in singing and in staging from the Met. By responding RSVP = Yes to this event you agree to the liability disclaimer in the "Pages" tab [Click to see applicable liability disclaimer (http://www.meetup.com/Ventura-County-Active-Seniors/pages/Release_Of_Liability_for_All_VCAS_Events/) ].