Dear Lakeside Arts Fan

Metropolitan Opera


As you may know, thanks to the Teatro Diana in Guadalajara and to the fine bus service provided by Viva La Musica, Lakeside Opera fans have enjoyed the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD program series quite some time. Although a recent convert to the Met’s fantastic programs, I too have enjoyed this service in recent years.

Now having become a full-time Lakeside resident, I began to wonder if there could not be a better, more convenient option by having the HD Live programs broadcast here in the Ajijic area. After exploratory discussions with a number of people including the Met Opera staff in New York and of course with Rosemary Keeling of Viva Musica, I have obtained a production license with the Met and its’ Mexico licensee, Auditorio Nacional. This agreement allows me to organize and produce in the Lake Chapala market the Met Live HD broadcasts right here at Lakeside…. Including English subtitles!

So why write this letter right? Well, I have only an interest in serving the Lakeside opera audience in gaining this local opportunity. I am a retired businessman who does not seek a new job or new income opportunities. As I see it, there are three requirements to take advantage of this production license: first, the license to produce HD live here locally, so check this off. Second, a convenient and appealing venue for screening the shows, and third, a local support group – an Opera Guild - to provide support and (limited) funding in order to sustain the broadcasts year to year.

Without going into more details here, I invite you to consider joining me in the formation of initially an informal, non-profit Guild which can assist in accomplishing the number two and three requirements. If you or someone you know is interested in bringing a totally new arts’ experience to Lakeside, please contact me at the address below. I am happy to reply with a brief fact sheet to bring you totally up to-date.


Howard J. Willis Tel: 376-766-5631

Ajijic E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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