Written October 25, 2009
An absolutely amazing opera--grand opera at it best, especially the way The Met does it. The singng, the staging, the chorus, the costumes, the orchestra, everything was perfect and wonderful.
Except the camera work. I've seen several Met HD broadcasts and they are usually well directed, "up close and personal," focusing on whoever is singing, and that's what makes seeing an HD broadcast better than actually being there. However, for the dancing, the camera above didn't work: I felt like I was watching the June Taylor dancers on the Jackie Gleason show back in the 1950s. For the triumphal march in Act II, the spectacle that is the high point of the entire opera, the "insider focus" wasn't the important piece. In this scene, the camera should be showing the entire stage, not just the soldiers coming in, so that the viewer has a sense of the entire stage and is seeing all of it, not pieces.
Written October 26, 2009
If you like opera you'll like this, perhaps better than being in the "house" as you get to see all the backstage stuff. But hey, this is the Met, consistently strong performances by world class performers, beautiful music. We are fortunate to have the technology to bring art like this to every corner of the world.
Written December 18, 2012
Excellent, dramatic performance with world-class singers. Highly recommended.
Written September 17, 2014
The three leading soloists had beautiful voices, but their appearance was more than a little on the hefty side -- not exactly slim and alluring! The staging was spectacular. There was also one brief technical interruption in the last act, but it was probably not the fault of the theater.
Written October 23, 2014