Written October 28, 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!
Written December 09, 2016
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 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 July 28, 2016
The whole opera was absolutely wonderful. The singing was magnificent.