At first I thought, wow, five hours plus, but I pre-ordered my ticket, packed a little snack and
off I went. This is a great theatre to view these HD broadcasts, Woodland Hills AMC, CA. I was so taken with the performances and the production that the time literally flew by.
I didn't realize how much ballet there was in the opera, but it added to the dramatics of the story quite well.
The difference between the first part, Troy, with it's visual feeling of impending doom, was so well done. The second part, in Carthage, was a lovely glimmering white, touches of gold, and joy among the inhabitants. Of course, as in most operas, it does not end well with invevitable death and despair.
The singers were outstanding. Doborah Voight, as Cassandra, conveyed her prophecies very powerfully. She was the highlight of the first part.
Susan Graham was a lovely Dido, but the great joy was Bryan Hymel as Aeneas. What an incredible voice. Bravo to all,and may we see more of Mr. Hynel in the future.
I checked out some video clips on You.tube and instantly knew I wanted to see this opera. I was not
dissapointed one bit. It was a full theatre which thrilled me. The entire production was so wonderful, and having Deborah Voight as the moderator was great, unlike the stilted Renee Fleming from an earlier transmission. I was swept up the minute the orchestra began to play and never lost interest . The singers were all beyond fantastic, Simon Keenlyside was so perfect as Prespero, I couldn't believe it when he told Voight that before each performance he actually had the remarkable body art done by a makeup artist. They showed a brief clip of this actual process. I thought Keenlyside was just magic and such an incredible voice. All the performers had perfect voices for their parts, Miranda was so beautiful with a voice to match, and Ariel peformed an almost impossible vocal part with such ease. I could go on forever, but won't. Just if you have a chance to see it, please attend.
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