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Erica Jong is, and almost certainly will continue to be, known best for the novel “Fear of Flying,” a 1973 account of the sexual revolution from the women’s perspective. But Jong’s output is bigger and broader than that; she has written criticism about Henry Miller, memoirs about aging and writing, novels about divorce and Europe (and sex). And she has written poetry, which may prove to be her great passion. Jong’s first published work was the 1971 collection of poems “Fruits & Vegetables”; she has followed with several more volumes of poetry, including last year’s “Love Comes First.” Jong opens the Aspen Writers Foundation’s Winter Words series with an appearance on Tuesday, Jan. 26 at the Given Institute. The series runs through mid-March with events featuring Firoozeh Dumas, David Wroblewski, Jared Diamond and Tobias Wolff.

Opera lovers are perhaps the most devoted of all culture lovers, known to jump in the car (or jet) to catch Puccini in San Francisco or Wagner in New York. So when New York’s Metropolitan Opera began screening high-definition versions of its productions in theaters across the world, a group of local fanatics began the push to get Aspen in on the action. It took a couple of years of negotiations and maneuvers, but their work has paid off. “The Met: Live In HD” makes its premiere on Wednesday, Jan. 27 at the Wheeler Opera House. The debut production is of an appropriate scale – a nearly five-hour production of Strauss’ comic work, “Der Rosenkavalier” starring Rene Fleming, a former Aspen Music School student, and Susan Graham, and conducted by Edo de Waart. Three additional productions are scheduled to be screened in Aspen through mid-March, including Bizet’s “Carmen,” Verdi’s “Simon Boccanegra” and Verdi’s “Aida.” Aspen’s opera lovers can look forward to cutting down on their travel budgets.


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