Written October 22, 2014
Beautiful production. Excellent cast. Great camera work. Intermission features were very interesting.
Written October 31, 2014
Thoroughly enjoyed the opera (The Metropolitan Opera Live HD). If anyone is an opera lover this is the way to go. It is reasonable and the view cannot be beat. I have been going to these live in HD performances for about 3 years. Cannot miss with this option.
Written September 16, 2014
The MET's superb portrayal of a powerful figure, Princess Amneris, daughter of the King of Egypt, is a vivid illustration of Lord Acton's dictum, "Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely." Yet what is demonstrated by the opera, just as effectively, is the dialectical opposite of Acton's observation. The late H. Richard Niebuhr, Yale Professor of Theology and Ethics, offered this rejoinder, "Powerlessness also corrupts, and absolute powerlessness corrupts absolutely." Aida's father Amonasro, King of Ethiopia, sensing his powerlessness in confrontation with Egypt's power, pleads with his daughter to find out from Radames the route the Egyptian army will take as it invades Ethiopia. Finally Aida acquiesces, out of a sense of loyalty to her country, even though she knows that will betray Radames, whom she loves so deeply. Amonasro's absolute powerlessness had corrupted him absolutely. The tragedy is set in motion, with heightened anxiety.
Written December 16, 2012
It was my first time to see a live from the Met Performance at a movie theater, and I am forever hooked. It was a wonderful experience to see the expressions on the faces of the performers and to view the stage from so many perspectives. At intermission we were taken back stage to see the changing of the sets and also interviews of the key singers. I have been to the Met at Lincoln Center many times, but nothing could top this experience.
Written December 26, 2014
Liudmyla Monastryrska (Aida), new to the Met, is an amazing soprano and actress--a rising star. This opulent production is the best I've seen, and truly does Verdi's tragic spectacle justice. In addition to fine performances, beautiful costumes, sets and staging, the choreography and dancing was delightful. It entertains at every level, and yet is profoundly moving. Aida is a must see, so catch its Encore performance.