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Published 02.02.09

Opera and ballet fans will soon be able to watch performances of the world leading theatres online. Classic TV (www.classic-tv.com) opens an Internet theatre in February.

Metropolitan Opera debuts with gala night in honor of its 125th anniversary with the participation of Renée Fleming (soprano), Ramon Vargas (tenor) and Thomas Hampson (baritone). In future internet audience will see opera Salome by Richard Strauss with the participation of Karita Mattila (soprano) and New-York premiere of the opera Doctor Atomic by the contemporary minimalist American composer John Adams.

Besides opera and ballet theatre-lovers will be able to enjoy drama King Lear staged at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre starring Sir Ian McKellen being an example, or jazz and classic musical performances.

The price for each browsing will be $10. They also promise 1100 hours of free video from the archives. The world opening of the web-site will be on the 2nd of February with the demonstration of Giacomo Puccini's opera La bohème a new version by Jonathan Miller and the English National Opera.

Russian web-site www.cultu.ru reopens broadcasting of Russian performances after the winter holidays. Cultu.ru regularly demonstrates not only contemporary performances of the leading Russian directors, but also archived versions of classical Russian productions.

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