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Don't know if you all caught this in May 12th's NYT, an article by Daniel J. Wakin, Live From Washington, Opera for the College Crowd:

Students wandering into some college auditoriums on Sept. 23 may receive a few unexpected lessons on subjects like the nature of Bohemian love, consumptive heroines and life in a garret.

The Washington National Opera said it planned to simulcast a live matinee performance of Puccini's La Bohèmea to 14 college campuses and 2 high schools. The feed to the institutions will piggyback on an outdoor broadcast at the Washington Monument, an annual event begun two years ago.

This season the Metropolitan Opera led the way with regular live and recorded broadcasts. But the Washington Opera has taken a different tack. The Met sends its broadcasts to movie theaters around the country, which charge $18 a ticket. The campus simulcasts will be free. Two local movie theaters will also have free showings.

"We are convinced that it's very important to try to make opera more accessible," said Kenneth R. Feinberg, the Washington Operas president. We've got to reach out and try to find young opera lovers."

He said the other main goal was to spark interest among donors and foundations to contribute money to the opera company... "We are so happy to make this simulcast free not only to our university partners across the country, but also to local students and anyone who wants a taste of top-quality opera," Mr. Domingo said in a statement released by his assistant.

The company named the institutions involved as Bryn Mawr, Princeton, Tulane, University of Massachusetts, West Point, Wellesley, the University of Washington, the University of Virginia, the University of Colorado, Temple, Rice, the University of North Carolina, the University of Arkansas, Union College, Brockton High School in Massachusetts and Lowell High School in San Francisco...

What a great opportunity (and a smart move!) - and one that I hope will pay off by both building an audience base and ultimately help with longterm funding. Perhaps some of you who read this board will be able to take advantage. :flowers:

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Don't know if you all caught this in May 12th's NYT, an article by Daniel J. Wakin, Live From Washington, Opera for the College Crowd:
Students wandering into some college auditoriums on Sept. 23 may receive a few unexpected lessons on subjects like the nature of Bohemian love, consumptive heroines and life in a garret.

The Washington National Opera said it planned to simulcast a live matinee performance of Puccini's La Bohèmea to 14 college campuses and 2 high schools. The feed to the institutions will piggyback on an outdoor broadcast at the Washington Monument, an annual event begun two years ago.

This season the Metropolitan Opera led the way with regular live and recorded broadcasts. But the Washington Opera has taken a different tack. The Met sends its broadcasts to movie theaters around the country, which charge $18 a ticket. The campus simulcasts will be free. Two local movie theaters will also have free showings.

"We are convinced that it's very important to try to make opera more accessible," said Kenneth R. Feinberg, the Washington Operas president. We've got to reach out and try to find young opera lovers."

Thanks, BW, I had missed this article. This does indeed sound like a promising idea - it'll be interesting to see if there are any results.

He said the other main goal was to spark interest among donors and foundations to contribute money to the opera company... "We are so happy to make this simulcast free not only to our university partners across the country, but also to local students and anyone who wants a taste of top-quality opera," Mr. Domingo said in a statement released by his assistant.

The company named the institutions involved as Bryn Mawr, Princeton, Tulane, University of Massachusetts, West Point, Wellesley, the University of Washington, the University of Virginia, the University of Colorado, Temple, Rice, the University of North Carolina, the University of Arkansas, Union College, Brockton High School in Massachusetts and Lowell High School in San Francisco...

What a great opportunity (and a smart move!) - and one that I hope will pay off by both building an audience base and ultimately help with longterm funding. Perhaps some of you who read this board will be able to take advantage. :)

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