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Old 04-27-2009, 06:44 PM   #1
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Default Metropolitan Opera's free Met Player weekend

For the opera fans among us, take a look at this:

"Met Player, the company’s new online streaming service, will be available for free as a special promotion for the entire weekend of May 1–3. Beginning at 5 pm ET on Friday, May 1, all visitors to metplayer.org will enjoy free and unlimited access to more than 200 full-length operas—including 20 performances from the first three seasons of the Met's award-winning Live in HD series. The offer ends at midnight on Sunday, May 3. "

Read the rest at http://www.metoperafamily.org/metope...h.aspx?id=8614 .

I've given notice that I will be incommunicado from 5 p.m Friday until midnight Sunday as I watch as many videos as I can fit into that time. I suppose I'll have to sleep for a few hours and I'll change locations between my home office with the large monitor and my living room, where I can use my laptop in my rocker with my feet up.

Now I'm going through the catalog, noting what I want, and trying to figure out how to fit 100+ hours of what I want to watch into 55 hours minus 8 hours for sleeping!

The Met Player isn't available for Linux (I've already complained and will do so again), so I'll have to hunker down with Windows. Met Player also works with Mac OS X.
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Old 04-27-2009, 06:55 PM   #2
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For the opera fans among us, take a look at this:

"Met Player, the company’s new online streaming service, will be available for free as a special promotion for the entire weekend of May 1–3. Beginning at 5 pm ET on Friday, May 1, all visitors to metplayer.org will enjoy free and unlimited access to more than 200 full-length operas—including 20 performances from the first three seasons of the Met's award-winning Live in HD series. The offer ends at midnight on Sunday, May 3. "

Read the rest at http://www.metoperafamily.org/metope...h.aspx?id=8614 .

I've given notice that I will be incommunicado from 5 p.m Friday until midnight Sunday as I watch as many videos as I can fit into that time. I suppose I'll have to sleep for a few hours and I'll change locations between my home office with the large monitor and my living room, where I can use my laptop in my rocker with my feet up.

Now I'm going through the catalog, noting what I want, and trying to figure out how to fit 100+ hours of what I want to watch into 55 hours minus 8 hours for sleeping!

The Met Player isn't available for Linux (I've already complained and will do so again), so I'll have to hunker down with Windows. Met Player also works with Mac OS X.

--Judy M.
Thank you! Had not noticed that.

Have a good time. I hope to catch some of it myself.

Afterwards I am sure they will advise us of the cost to continue.

   
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Old 04-28-2009, 06:42 AM   #3
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Splendid! You'll just have time to fit in the Ring once more.

   
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Old 04-28-2009, 09:25 PM   #4
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Afterwards I am sure they will advise us of the cost to continue.
That's no secret. You can either have a subscription (monthly or yearly) or rent individual audio or video selections for something like $4 or $5 for a one-time listen or view. You have 30 days from the time you download a rental, but once you start it you have six hours before time's up. I think the monthly subscription fee for unlimited streaming is US $14.99.

You have to use the Met Player, which of course has DRM protections from copying or more than one play for a rental.

They also have an ongoing offer of a seven-day free trial, but if you don't cancel it before the end of the trial they automatically charge $14.99 for a monthly subscription.

I imagine the purpose of this free unlimited weekend is to get us so impressed that we won't be able to resist paying to continue. I know I've sat on the fence since Met Player first became available. I'm not happy that I can't use Met Player in Linux. Maybe I would already be renting or subscribing were it not for the lack of Linux support. Probably not, though. Money is *VERY* tight around here due to the bad economy and with a subscription, I don't think I'd have enough time to to listen to several operas a month. An occasional rental might be a way to go, though.
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Splendid! You'll just have time to fit in the Ring once more.
That was my original plan! But the whole Ring takes 15-1/2 hours That would leave about 30 hours for other operas, which amounts to about 10 operas.

I had VCR tapes of the Met Ring Cycle I recorded from TV in 1990. I transferred them to DVD a few months ago. Ufortunately, after I recorded the tapes, most of Götterdämmerung got recorded over. So maybe I'll watch Götterdämmerung this weekend.
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That would leave about 30 hours for other operas, which amounts to about 10 operas.
I'm not sure that Ring enthusiasts are expected to attend other operas. But you may have twigged that I'm a supporter of the Mark Twain school of opera critics.

We in Britain could listen to the Met's Ring via the BBC's regular Saturday trasmissions, but we could not see them.

   
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We in Britain could listen to the Met's Ring via the BBC's regular Saturday trasmissions, but we could not see them.
In the US, too, of course. There are many more audio choices in the Met Player catalog from Met radio broadcasts, but quite a few video choices from the time the Met started having TV broadcasts on the Public Broadcast Service (1977, I think). The first one was La Boheme with Luciano Pavarotti and Renata Scotto; I saw it back then. In the past couple of years they've had High Definition broadcasts on TV.

I believe the plan is to eventually get all the TV and audio broadcasts available for streaming with Met Player.
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Well, it was one of the greatest weekends of my life! Between 5:30 p.m. Friday and 2:00 a.m. Monday, I watched 10 operas, including reading all the subtitles. In order they were: Otello with Vickers and Scotto; Parsifal; La Forza del Destino; Das Rheingold; Die Walkuere; Siegfried; Die Goetterdaemmerung; Manon Lescaut; Die Zauberfloete; Otello with Domingo and Fleming. I started the last Otello at about 11:30 p.m. because I was curious about whether the Met Player free weekend would terminate mid-opera at midnight as scheduled or the opera would run to completion. I was glad that the opera was allowed to complete.

I might have fit in another opera were it not necessary to take food breaks, bathroom breaks, and feed-the-cats breaks. By midday Sunday I was beginning to suffer from rear-end fatigue, but I toughed it out.<g>

There were at least 10 more operas I desperately wanted to see, plus dozens of radio broadcasts. I know they omitted the intermissions, but I do hope to hear Milton Cross say a few words at least. I decided that I'll subscribe for a month or two in the summer when I know we'll be around and will pick up some of those broadcasts for which there was no time on the Met Player Weekend.

I didn't do anything with the computers except watch the operas, so I got pretty far behind on e-mail and forums and am now catching up.
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Sounds as if it did as much good as a weekend at a spa! Or more.

   
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