See Puccini at the Met - right here

17:00, May 15 2014

It isn't often that Gore residents can casually mention that they're off to see Puccini at the Met and not be total liars. But this weekend it's totally true.

La Boheme, by Puccini, will be screened at the SBS St James Theatre in Gore this Sunday and Tuesday as part of the Southland Festival of the Arts.

The film is one of a series of nine operas by the New York Metropolitan Opera filmed live and made accessible to viewers around the world on the big screen, theatre manager Emma Carle said.

"For people who haven't been to an opera before this is a great way in, and Puccini's La Boheme is also an ideal starting point with lovely music, and all the romantic opera fare."

While ticket prices are more than for a usual movie, the opera is 3 hours long, and the film is in real time - including two intervals. Viewers also get to see what is usually hidden by the red curtain, set changes and all.

"On a personal level, compared to my live opera experiences, I've enjoyed watching it on screen more.

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"Admittedly that's probably because I've been stuck in the cheap seats and couldn't read the subtitles, so came away wondering what on earth happened. The film versions are up close and personal and there's nothing to obstruct your view," Carle said.

There are two more operas in the season screening at the St James - Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte on June 8 and 10, and Rossini's La Cenerentola, on July 11.

It's the first time the St James has screened the series, Carle said.

 

BE THERE

SBS St James Theatre presents The Metropolitan Opera HD Live Series – Puccini: La Boheme

Sunday, May 18, and Tuesday, May 20, 1pm.

SBS St James Theatre, Irk St, Gore Book SBS St James Theatre.

Door sales available. $33/$28

The Southland Times