Written September 25, 2016
although I love Verdi, oddly enough Aida isn't my favorite by any means
(that would be a tie between Il Trovatore, La Traviata, and Otello, followed by Rigoletto,who knows why, they just work for me).
I had only seen a local production which had nowhere near the resources of the Met and of course didn't have singers close to the caliber of the Met singers. the sets and performance are intense, and I think if I had been at an Imax, overwhelming.
Alagna impressed me, I had only heard him in less dramatic roles (Nemorino, e.g.)
I was very impressed with the soprano who played Aida, Liudmyla Monastyrsk. beautiful tone to her voice, powerful and a good actress. that she stood out in this cast says something about her talent.
all in all I thought it was wonderful
Written May 04, 2015
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 28, 2014
I was afraid it was going to be 4 hours long but actually I did not notice the passing of time.
It was mi first time attending the Met Opera and was worth the 22 dollars I spent.
You can see the characters so close much more than if you would be there at the Met in person. The interviewing of the cast during the intermission time was a big plus too.
The production itself was fantastic, the size, the number of people, it looks the folks that put it together thought about every single detail and did it in a very professional way.
the theme itself was I guess very characteristically italian and very romantic and at the end love prevails in a way that I was not expecting otherwise it would have been a greek tragedy.
Written February 13, 2016
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.
Written August 30, 2016
Outstanding performance, to say nothing of the production itself. The singing and acting were wonderful. I've seen several "Aida" productions and this was the very best!