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.
Written January 20, 2017
With an outstanding cast, a visually brilliant production and some of the finest music that Giuseppe Verdk wrote, this was a terrific performance. Alagna's natural voice, Monastyrska's moving reading of the role and Borodina's top quality singing all made it a great show.
Written May 01, 2016
The Met opera is always great and this was no exception. The new star, Lyudmyla Monastyrska clearly has a big career ahead of her--wonderful singing with perfect control of the soft passages. The HD broadcasts are fabulous for the closeups you get and for the backstage interviews.
But the theaters must solve their technical problems with this kind of transmission. There was a big shadow over the bottom of the screen (11th Street and 3rd Avenue) for the first few minutes, and then after it was corrected there were occasional roars from what I imagine was the heating/air conditioning system--very distracting. The same kind of roar was also present in the Rgal theater (Union Square) where I went three weeks ago to see 'The Clemenza di Tito." I hope Fandango will use its influence to improve this deficiency.
Written August 29, 2016
We love the Met operas in HD at the movies. Not only do you see the opera while it is actually being performed at the MET but during intermission you are treated to interviews with the performers and a look at what goes on backstage. We could never afford these close ups of the opera if we were buying tickets at the Met. And the opera Aida itself is fabulous!