Teenagers at the Opera?

Posted on January 14, 2008. Filed under: Frugal Living, Things to Do, Westchester | Tags: , , , |

Monday is about Things to Do

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opera.jpgMy teenage daughter really surprised me this weekend when she got a call from some friends who invited her to go to the movies. They wanted to go see Macbeth.

Yes, Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

In addition, it wasn’t just any production of Macbeth, but was an opera…..and a bunch of teenagers were actually going to see it.

It turns out that the New York Metropolitan Opera is hosting a series of high-definition transmissions of several performances to movie theaters across the country. This week’s performance was Macbeth, which my daughter’s English class is currently reading. Her teacher assigned attendance to this performance as an extra credit activity for her class, and a number of the kids decided to attend.

I am not really into opera, but I think this is a great idea and an easy way to get to see high quality opera, at a very reasonable price. The series is being broadcast to over 300 theaters across the US (see full list here). In Westchester County, the series is being broadcast at two convenient locations: New Roc Cinema in New Rochelle, and City Center in White Plains. Lastly, the tickets are very reasonably priced at $15 for kids, and $22 for adults.

Usually she is not allowed to go out with her friends until she has finished her chores, but how could I say no to Macbeth and the Metropolitan Opera?

When she got home, I asked her what she thought. She shrugged and said “It was OK”. She also said it was “weird” because when she and her friends walked into the theater, it was (as she puts it) “a sea of old people, and us”. I think the organizers from the Met would be thrilled to hear that a bunch of young people attended the event.

While I am not really into opera, this series is so convenient and affordable that it’s worth trying out, and I may go later this year with my other children. Anyone interested in La Boheme?



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