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 February 27, 2015
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 January 27, 2015
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 03, 2015
Here she is--the Met with all aboard. Cecil B. DeMille rolled up with grand music. I wish the singers were better looking. Given that they can't be better looking, I would have liked more becoming get up for them. The ladies looked awful, though Ramades the lead tenor was attractive. The singing, as far as I can tell, was great.
Written May 24, 2015
The Met has fine-tuned its LIVE in HD production to a excellent degree. To attend this LIVE in HD performance of "Aida" was 4 hours of pure quality entertainment. The tolal experience is
far superior to that which those attending in person in New York City at the Met. To add frosting to the cake: the $$ value is unbelievable!