Last Wednesday, the Metropolitan Opera unveiled its latest new media strategy: the Met Player.
Over 150 operas from the past 71 years are available for listening or viewing on your computer. The oldest is a 1937 Carmen with Rosa Ponselle, the newest are from the 2007-2008 high definition move theater broadcasts, including definitive performances of La Fille du Regiment (Dessay, Flores) and Eugene Onegin (Fleming, Hvorostovsky), and the Tristan und Isolde featuring Deborah Voight and Robert Dean Smith — flown in from Europe less than two days earlier to replace three ailing or injured colleagues.
Most performances are audio — those that were filmed for broadcast include video.
One of the best features of Met Player is its flexible payment terms. In addition to a 7-day free trial, you may choose to rent operas one by one or subscribe to the service:
|Web Access Anywhere||Unlimited Plays||Price|
A year for the price of 10 months
|Monthly Subscription||Yes||Yes||$14.99 *|
|Opera Rental||Yes||Once you rent, you have 30 days to start watching or listening †||$3.99|
|Free Trial||Yes||7-Day Free Trial More Details
You have 7 days to enjoy
If you do not cancel your trial prior to the end of seven days, we will begin charging you $14.99 per month for a monthly subscription.