Written January 03, 2013
Giuseppe Verdi's AIDA is the latest in the Metropolitan Opera's series of HD theatrical transmissions for this year, and is by far the best MET AIDA telecast yet (excepting the commercially unavailable Leontyne Price farewell AIDA of 1985), due to superb casting and revised direction. Roberto Alagna delivered a stunningly well-sung Radames, exhibiting excellent dynamic control throughout his vocal range while acting very convincingly (he also looked trim and fit, as a warrior should look!). Olga Borodina sang her first telecast Amneris, and she gave a commanding performance, full of nuance and smoldering heat. She sounded wonderful, making use of her smoky lower range with great dexterity. The Russian soprano singing AIDA (whose name escapes me!) was justly acclaimed for her terrific range and acting ability. Amonasro was similarly well-cast, although his severe dark makeup made him look a bit silent movie -ish in his mannerisms. The triumphal march and ballet were restaged well.
Written October 01, 2014
WOW ... this was a REALLY memorable performance. The outstanding cast including, the newcomer, Monastryska and the veteran Borodina in conjunction with the tenor, Luisi ... reallygave this rendition of AIDA the emotion it deserves.
I would love to see it again.
Written December 17, 2012
A wonderful performance of the Met's classic productioin. Watch for Encores and go see it.
Written December 16, 2012
All the grandeur and spectacle of opera at the Met in the comfort of a local movie theater. Like having the best seats in the house, with a better view of everything. Loved the commentary during act changes. I'm looking into getting a field trip to a future show to introduce my high school students to opera.
Written July 25, 2014
A wonderful performance of a great opera, marred by the venue (Loew's Multiplex, Route 10, East Hanover, NJ). The colors were washed out. The sound was ugly. And the definition was a long way from being HD. Wrote to the Met, who replied that there were no significant similar complaints, so the problem involved the theatre, not the transmission itself.