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Anna Bolena was outstanding

By shirlschmidt
Written June 14, 2012
We loved it!! It is good to know the history before the performance. The singing was outstanding. We are never disappointed in the performances of the wonderful opera singers. The costumes were out of this world. All period costumes were beautiful. We love being able to view the operas on the large screen. We have marked our calendars for future showings.
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A wonderful Met HD Anna Bolena

By bhamviola
Written June 14, 2012
Another outstanding HD broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera. Peter Gelb has made a huge difference in the world's accessibility to the great operas and artists at the Met. Fabulous singing from all the principal singers- Netrebko as Anna, Gubanova as Jane Seymour, Abdrazakov as Henry VIII. We came home an immediately looked up the history around Henry and his 6 wives. What a bloodthirsty, power-obsessed man, with a powerful portrayal by all. The Met orchestra is world class, and the staging by David McVicar is very compelling. We look forward to more HD broadcasts and encores- we'd never see so many operas otherwise!
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MET Opera Live in HD Anna Bolena

By PCamdenOrgain
Written June 14, 2012
The opera was wonderful, but the movie theater, KIPS Bay #5, was inadequate for Met HD broadcasts. The speaker on the upper right was distorted, and this will prevent me from going back there again for Met broadcasts
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Worth spending an evening with

By Micamey
Written June 14, 2012
wonderful production and very talented singers. Takes some definite liberties with history. Definitely a great way to be introduced to Opera.
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The Met's Anna Bolena at Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18

By wireshock
Written June 14, 2012
The opera was fine, but the theater doesn't have its patrons interests at heart. We waited for 25 minutes for the feature to begin; when it did begin the house lights didn't go down for awhile. When the 3 hour opera was over the house lights never came up, so many patrons were struggling to leave the stadium seating in the dark. I brought this situation to the attention of the manager and he at first said that the house lights not coming up at the end was part of the same problem (some computer problem) as the earlier late start. But he changed that story when I asked him, if it was something that made sense to him as a consequence of what happened earlier, why he did not take steps to prevent it happening. Suddenly it was not "part' of the earlier problem but an entirely separate matter, one which, mysteriously, he still understood why it happened yet still didn't see was something he could have foreseen. Never took responsibility for the matter: it was a "computer problem".
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