The delightful CaroNome of Score Desk has brought something marvellous to my attention. What I don't understand is why it's not being blogged about everywhere. It's the brand new and remarkable Met Player. A database — which they promise is growing — of Met performances available on demand, both audio and video. The last two seasons of HD broadcasts are there, as are dozens of older performances: some available on DVD, some, like the Renée/Bryn/Cecilia (!) Figaro — a performance whose existence tormented me for years — not. And there's a wealth of archival audio. I spent several happy hours on Saturday night in the incomparable company of George London, Eleanor Steber and Lisa della Casa, in a Don Giovanni which had me in awe of all three of them. (But especially Lisa della Casa. Something may be brewing here.)
Needless to say, I've signed up for a monthly subscription. Yes, US$14.99 these days is roughly equivalent to AUD$1million, but what do I care? If it's out there, I want it. Especially now that, after two years of pain, I finally have a broadband connection worthy of the name.
The only challenge is where in the world to start? The Figaro, obviously. I have my eye on Renée's Onegin too. What else? What do you think?