Whether you are a true opera aficionado or only recognize a few tunes from Bugs Bunny cartoons, you can experience the sights and sounds of New York’s Metropolitan Opera right here in Austin. Live and encore performances are broadcast from the Met to participating local movie theaters with high definition screens and surround sound. The next best thing to being there! The last show of this season is an encore broadcast of Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) on May 15th. You can also tune into broadcasts online or through SIRIUS Satelllite radio.
In addition to these options, the Austin Public Library has plenty of performances on CD and DVD, as well as books for Austin opera buffs. Here are just a few of the book titles we have to offer:
- The Toughest Show on Earth: My Rise and Reign at the Metropolitan Opera
- Fortissimo: Backstage at the Opera with Sacred Monsters and Young Singers
- The Joy of Opera
- A Passion for Opera: Learning to Love It: The Greatest Masters, Their Greatest Music
- A Short History of Opera
- At the Opera: Tales of the Great Operas