Liudmyla Monastryrska (Aida), new to the Met, is an amazing soprano and actress--a rising star. This
opulent production is the best I've seen, and truly does Verdi's tragic spectacle justice. In addition to fine performances, beautiful costumes, sets and staging, the choreography and dancing was delightful. It entertains at every level, and yet is profoundly moving. Aida is a must see, so catch its Encore performance.
The Met has taken Donizetti's soap-opera plot and thin characters, fleshed them out with wonderful
voices, great direction, staging, costumes and makeup, and given us a fine evening of entertainment. Anna Netrebko (Lucia) is even a better actress than she is a singer (and her singing is wonderful). The orchestra never disappoints, and the harp solo was perfection, including the beautiful way it was filmed. Kudos to the Metropolitan Opera and this fine Encore series.
Anna Bolena will bowl you over! It features some of the finest music (Donizetti) and voices in the
world, great staging, costumes, dance and acting. A riveting, moving production.
For those of us that may not know much about opera, and cannot attend the Metropolitan Opera's outstanding productions in person, this is perhaps an even better option. The Met's Live in HD series and Encore performances are the perfect fusion of live stage production and film. We have better than front-row seats to see some of the finest opera productions in the world, at a fraction of the cost of a live production in New York.
See them all!
The Metropolitan Opera: Aida
Lucia Di Lammermoor Met Summer...
Anna Bolena Met Summer Encore
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