Written August 23, 2014
If you want to see pageantry at its peak visit a performance of Aida by the Metropolitan Opera Company. Superb singing, spectacular visionary vistas, comfortable as well as best seats in the house. Don't miss any HD broadcasts from the Met that are available in your locality at local theaters. What a treat and at an unbelievable price!!!
Written August 27, 2014
A stirring production with lots of supers carrying spears and giant columns. I found the production lacked COLOR, however; the designer seems to have forgotten that Egypt was a painted land. Instead Quaranta concentrated on the brown arid aspect and the temples as they look now, washed of their vibrancy. More BLUE, please, more bright RED and ORANGE and GREEN, not so much drab sand color! The costumes did have some hint of color.
The singing was somewhat uneven, with Monastyrska as Aida soaring especially in her ,lovely pianissimo upper register. Olga Borodina as Amneris stole the show - great singing and a perfect *****-part for her. George Gagnidze was superb as Amonasro, what a voice and what a presence! Alagna was Radames. There isn't a whole raft of big Italian tenors around right now, so I guess he will have to do; but he seemed puny and screechy at times. The orch. played at its customarily near-perfect level; Luisi did his usual workaday job: competent, but predictable. Go!
Written July 24, 2014
This is a beautiful opera with great vocals and the most elaborate and complex staging and casting I have seen. I am no opera critic by any means, but to the average fan this was so well done. The performers' talent and superb vocals clearly made this a great production. Additionally for me, a large part of the success was attributed to how well the Met puts on the Live HD show with all the back stage scenes, the wonderful cinematography and sound production, and the fantastic hosting by Renee Fleming. This would be a moot point if I was there in personally, but to a person seeing this live from thousands of miles away, it gives you that "being there" feeling and more. A particularly fine touch was the director's attention to details where you could see the musicians eye contact shift between their music and the Maestro. To me it is all the cinematic detail that makes me want to go see the opera when I can't go to the opera. The subtitles were also a great adder for my group.
Written October 20, 2014
The Met Opera HD Live performance of "Aida" was fabulous. The singing was wonderful, and Olga Borodina as Amneris was superb, she is a riveting actress, she was so into her character that towards the end of the opera in one emotional scene she shed a tear. Being at the movies is almost as good as being at the Met ! Everything about this opera production was excellent.
If you have never seen a Met "Live" opera movie....go. If you have seen one before...go again!
Written October 20, 2014
This is a must go if you are an opera fan. This was our first experience with The Metropolitan Opera Live-HD. One would expect the sets and music to be great, but what makes the theater experience in some ways better than seeing it at the Met is the chance to hear interviews with the lead singers, the maestro, and key production staff. The closeup shots of the stars provide an intimacy not possible even you were in the front row of the Met. The intermissions are long, but it's fascinating to observe backstage as the crews move massive sets in place between acts. And what better opera to see for our initiation than AIDA! Liudmyla Monastyrska in the title role was simply magnificent in her Met debut. She has a great future ahead of her.