If you want to enrich your life and stimulate your mind with music and beauty tomorrow night (in contrast with the State of the Union Address tonight) I encourage you to watch Mozart's The Magic Flute on PBS. When the MET premiered this in movie theatres across the U.S. it sold out in MN at the one theatre in Brooklyn Park where it was showing.
Now, we will see it on our little t.v. screen here at home in low definition. It was not the first opera my mom took me to see, but it wasn't in English translation when I was a kid. I hope my children "get hooked".
Here's the e-mail press release from the MET:
On Wednesday, January 24, 2007, at 9:00 p.m. ET (check local listings), all the excitement of this spectacular Magic Flute comes home to you on PBS, the first broadcast in a new opera series, GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET. Also to be shown in HD, the PBS series includes five additional performances captured live in 2007—the largest number of complete Met operas ever presented by PBS in one season. Tune in to PBS to see why critics—as well as music lovers of all ages around the globe—fell in love with the newest way to experience the thrill of the Met’s 2006-07 season. The New York Times heralded the Met’s innovative adaptation of Flute and said of the live HD performance, “In movie theaters across the United States on Saturday, people did an odd thing during the main attraction: They clapped.” Join in the applause on Wednesday, January 24, on PBS. For more information on the HD series, visit the Met’s website.