It is a very well-kept secret that I love opera. Therefore, let us start with The Metropolitan Opera’s Radio and TV History Timeline. This is one of only two timelines The Distillery has found not to be wanting. The integration of audio is a master stroke. You will find audio clips from former First Lady Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt, Leonard Bernstein, and a few other individuals. In addition, the manner in which mouse-overs reveal larger images of the thumbnails is also unique. This is one timeline that will hold your attention.
Watch composer Tan Dun and director Zhang Yimou talk about The First Emperor. The world premiere of this Met Opera commission takes place on December 21 .
Then listen to an audio clip from Puccini’s La Bohème. Now take a few moments to sit back and fully enjoy this audio clip from Cavalleria Rusticana, sung by Luciano Pavarotti, arguably one of the greatest tenors since Caruso. And one of my favorites, Madame Butterfly.
From there, The Distillery transports its readers to Sights and Sounds of The Metropolitan Opera. One gem found there is a short audio clip of Lilli Lehmann singing Isolde in 1885. There are several others from the late 1800s.
The Met deserves a standing ovation for its online efforts. Enjoy. I certainly did.
Home page: The Metropolitan Opera