The annual Metropolitan Opera film series at the Homer Theater starts with a gala opening reception this Thursday night. Eight different full length operas will be shown once a month from October through May.
Vonda Nixon, an opera fan and member of the local opera committee, says they are doing a lot of public outreach this year in hopes of filling more seats—starting with Thursday night’s showing of "L’Elisir d’Amour," which translates into "Love Potion."
Along with sweet and savory hors d’oeuvres at the opening night gala Nixon says they will be serving a special Homer style potion of “mock” champagne.
Nixon attended live opera performances while living in Anchorage, a thrill she thought she’d have to give up when she moved to Homer a few years ago. But then she discovered the richness of this series which features opera performances filmed live from the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.
She says it’s a bargain to boot.
“To me it’s more dimensional than a stage presence," says Nixon. "And the fact that it’s just a little more than a regular movie theater ticket really appeals to me.”
She says opera fans will be treated to a variety of opera offerings this season.
“Aida is one of the grandest operas I’ve ever seen on stage. Rigoletto is another well-known opera, and we have a good selection that covers it all—from well-known to lesser known.”
The films run anywhere from two to three hours, so Nixon says plan on making an evening of it.
On Thursday night, the red carpet will be down, and she encourages people to dress up. Nixon hopes local opera fans will get involved with the opera committee so they can find ways to draw a broader cross section of community members in to share in her love of this art form.
The series of eight films kicks off Thursday night at 6 p.m. in the Homer Theater on Pioneer Avenue, where a full schedule of all this season’s operas is posted. It’s also in the October 11th edition of the Homer News.