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Letter: Opera, Thanks to Catamount Arts

To the Editor:

This year in St. Johnsbury, I have had the opportunity to attend most of the season’s MetOpera HD series (now showing in 66 countries). Catamount Arts has two intimate theaters for displaying in opulent high-definition color and superb sound the best of what the Metropolitan Opera of New York can offer. These are exciting productions that anyone of any educational, musical or language background can enthusiastically enjoy.

On a MetOpera Saturday it takes me only 45 minutes of traffic-free driving from Lake Fairlee to free parking within a few feet of the Catamount theaters. (A “thank you” to the adjoining Caledonian Record for that parking lot.) My wife and I may stop for a quick McDonald’s salad and coffee immediately before the show (that’s only a 200-yard detour). At the intermissions of the live telecasts and encore reruns comes good conversation and access to coffee, wine and delicious yummies from food establishments such as Dylan’s. Or, right next to the theater and refreshments room there’s a first-class little art museum to visit. After the show, St. Johnsbury offers several excellent restaurants.

This year my own tickets often come with compliments from Vermont Public Radio, a partner with Catamount Arts in supporting and offering access to MetOpera and the arts in general. Thank you, VPR! And thank you, Catamount Arts. You are a little jewel worth celebrating.

Jim Hughes

West Fairlee