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Last year my wife Gerd and I started up a local opera association. We have tried to keep in not so big size, but today we have more than 70 members. Our intention is to meet four times a year, listening to a local specialist in operas and then one of the members, a private person, member of the association, shows us an opera from a DVD. Between act one and act two we get a toast and a glass of wine or a glass beer. And this is really a wonderful evening!

Last year we got the possibility here in Sweden to see, directly from the Metropolitan in New York, an opera via the Internet at some Swedish cinemas. The first opera we saw was Giuseppe Verdi´s Mac Beth. An impressing performance!
On the Swedish part of this web site, we will add the program for the members of O.V.I.K.

Mac Beth via Internet
On January 11th, we drove to nearby Osby together with our friends Birgitta and Ido Leden to see Mac Beth. This was a transmission from the Met via Internet. The impression was very good, compared to sitting at home watching on a TV. We hope that more people will take the opportunity to enjoy great performances in this way. This first time there were only about 60 people in the audience.

Manon Lescaut via Internet
Now we have also been enjoying the Puccini-opera Manon Lescaut, diretly transmitted via the Internet from the Metropolitan Opera in New York.
That was a great event!
The famous Metropolitan orchestra was conducted by the legendarian James Lewine, and the two leading rolls were finnish-born Karita Mattila as Manon Lescaut and italian-born Marcello Giordani as Des Grieux.
We were very satisfied that the opera was performed in a traditional way. It was much better than the modernistic performances when music and the scenograpy doesn´t harmonize!

 


Streets of Hamburg, the day after an opera performance.

Latest update
2008-02-22