A while ago I noticed that Tigger was playing a game about opera on TVO Kids. I can’t seem to find that game now but she was learning a bit about the music and characters from a few famous operas. My parents really like opera so I mentioned it to them thinking that if there was an appropriate opera in their subscription season, Tigger might be able to go with them as she did with the ballet last year.
We looked at their season and there didn’t seem to be anything that looked right. But then my parents found out about this. You can see live performances of the Metropolitan Opera by satellite in HD cinemas. They are matinee performances at a reasonable price. And in March they are doing The Barber of Seville, which is one of the ones that I know was in that game. So we might try it out.
Apparently this has not been widely advertised. My parents found out about it in an editorial in the newspaper. Nevertheless these things sell out. Some of them in advance. So I think we might buy tickets soon.
I’m going to take the approach recommended in And the Skylark Sings with Me (thanks to Willa for suggesting this however obliquely). David Albert recommends reading about the story beforehand and leaving when your child has had enough. (It is a 3-hour performance with an intermission which is kind of long even for an adult.)