A Whirlwind Cultural Tour of Los Angeles ~ Part Three

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This is part three of an amazing trip we made this past December to Los Angeles.  You might want to see the posts in order.  The links below will take you directly to the first two parts of the story.  Click on the other links to access more detailed information.

Angels We Have Heard On High ~ A Whirlwind Cultural Tour Of Los Angeles ~ Part One

A Whirlwind Cultural Tour of Los Angeles ~ Part Two

Our friends, Rick and Linda, drove up to Santa Barbara to meet up with us last year.  It was then that we planned our next get together in LA because they raved about seeing the New York Metropolitan Opera live at the cinema.  They wanted to share their passion for opera with us.

If you haven’t heard of The Met: Live in HD,  I’m thrilled to be the one to introduce the information to you and to encourage you to check it out.

It’s high time that opera has become more accessible to the general public.  Somewhere not too far from where you live, you can also attend the opera for a lot less than the usual price.  Plus, you can wear jeans, read the large subtitles, and eat popcorn while enjoying the show!

We had to be at the cinema complex before ten in the morning as the matinee in NY starts at one in the afternoon.  Our dedicated hosts made sure we arrived in time    I don’t remember the name of the complex but it was near LAX airport and right next to the freeway.

I’d never seen Offenbach’s “Tales of Hoffmann (Contes d’Hoffmann)  before but was familiar with the music. Click on the link below to read a review of this performance. Music Review – Metropolitan OperaMetropolitan Opera Presents

Seeing it in high definition on a large screen was fabulous!  We could view the orchestra and maestro conducting in the pit, the close ups of the stars (tears running down the faces) and even the interviews and antics of the stars backstage during the two intermissions.

I laughed and cried.  We clapped and shouted “bravo, brava, and bravi” as well as giving the cast a standing ovation as if we were really there.  I hope to see “Carmen” in our neck of the woods very soon.

One of the most beautiful songs from the opera is the Barcarolle.

This video link is not from the opera we saw but it does feature the beautiful Anna Netrebko who was the soprano star of the show.

Anna Netrebko & Elina Garanca: Belle nuit, ô nu…

The theater complex -



Here are shots taken directly of the screen during the intermission.  The scenery is being changed.



James Levine, the Conductor


And Bartlett Sher, the director


I noticed that we were displayed on camera in a high tech art installation at the theater.  I took advantage of the photo opportunity to photograph Linda and myself during the second intermission.  It wasn’t  a mirror…it was a video camera capturing us on the wall across from where we were sitting.


We were there for a total of four hours.  But the time flew and we headed to our next destination with eager appetites and had a late lunch just after two p.m.


Chicken Tostada from the cafe at The Getty Museum.


















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