Met Lifts Curtain on Opera You Don't Have to Dress Up for

Icon will stream shows, broadcasts online
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 15, 2008 10:31 AM CDT
In this photo provided by the Metropolitan Opera, Piotr Beczala performs as Edgardo opposite Diana Damrau performing in the title role of Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor."   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – New York's Metropolitan Opera will soon be offering a new viewing experience: online streaming of performances dating back to 1937. Next week, on the 125th anniversary of its first show, the Met will unveil its online, on-demand service, reports the New York Times. If you can get past the glitches, you'll find modern video and vintage audio recordings.

Met Player will start with 13 high-definition videos and 37 other videos, as well as 120 audio broadcasts from the past eight decades. An early test of the system showed some hiccups in streaming and a poor search system, but Met officials say a newer version won't have those problems. Single operas will cost $3.99 or $4.99; unlimited monthly subscriptions are $14.99; yearly service, $149.99. (Read more opera stories.)