Some Things in Life Are Free, Like HD Opera Screenings at USC

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The Metropolitan Opera (MET) was founded in 1880 and its first production was “Faust” by Charles Goudnod starring the Swedish soprano Christina Nilsson for the 1883-1884 season. It is considered one of the most important opera houses in the world and its productions have been broadcasted on TV, Radio and now on movie theaters in High Definition (HD).

These screenings in theaters began in 2006 as a way to promote their live productions as well as introduce many to the world of Opera at an affordable price (around $20) with the option of popcorn, goobers or anything else available at the concession stand.

Fortunately in Los Angeles we can get some of these screenings for FREE courtesy of the USC School of Cinematic Arts. These screenings are LIVE from the Metropolitan Opera house usually on Saturdays and include backstage shots and interviews with the singers and others involved in the production.

There is still one screening left this season, the “Opera buffa (comic opera) “Così fan tutte, ossia La scuola degli amanti (Thus Do They All, or The School for Lovers)” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (27 January 1756 – 5 December 1791). You might remember him from the movie Amadeus (1984)!

And in pop music by “Rock Me Amadeus” by another Austrian, pop, rock musician and rapper Falco (Johann (Hans) Hölzel 19 February 1957 – 6 February 1998).

YouTube: Film “Amadeus” – Trailer

YouTube: Falco – “Rock Me Amadeus”

“Così fan Tutte” – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
May 3, 2014, 12 p.m.
Norris Cinema Theatre/Frank Sinatra Hall,
3507 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, CA 9000

The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $10.00 at USC Entrance Gate #5, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & McClintock Avenue. We recommend parking in Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street. Street parking is also available along W. Jefferson Boulevard.

Humberto Capiro is a Contributing Writer for Living Out Loud - LA, covering lifestyle and entertainment. Follow him on Twitter: @HumbertoCapiro
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