All this HD season, the opera I was looking forward to the most, was,FRANCESCA DA RIMINI.
Unfortunately, the leading tenor has never been one of my favorite Met singers; nor, was I much impressed by the leading soprano, though she did try her best. Time flies. But, twenty-seven years ago, the Met produced this opera,especially, for Renata Scotto. And, her performance, along with Placido Domingo and Cornell Macneil, were magnificent and memorable. Chills ran down my spine, as a sign, that for me, this was an operatic landmark I would always remember as unforgettable and GREAT. The current revival is not.
This film made in 2007/2008 about the MetOpera Audtion Finalists at their Metropolitan Opera House
April 1,2007, final auditions before a live audience (almost 4,000 seats) was a thrill to behold. The young talent showcased was thrilling to be seen and heard. As I write, this a day later from this Special Screening from the Met, chills are still running down my spine. And,of course, at the end of the film to learm that one of the winners of the auditions had died just last November, 2008, was a real shock that such marvelous talent had been cut short by cancer. The film was a great achievement on all emotional levels, from joyful, to stressful, to triumph. And, it was ALL REAL LIFE right up there in big screen images. Who could possibly ask for thing more!
Excellent production -- terrific singing. Another very emotional,very intense musical experience.
A star-turning performance by this Finnish soprance of first rate on the current opera scene in
this stunning tension filled production. If you didn't go to the LIVE HD on the big movie screen, buy a ticket to the ENCORE showing. It's a opera and a performance not to be missed. Boston Opera Fan
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