Written March 28, 2017
Beautiful production. Excellent cast. Great camera work. Intermission features were very interesting.
Written March 23, 2017
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!
Written August 29, 2016
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.
Written May 25, 2016
Outstanding score (of course, it's Verdi) and singing (the top tier of today's opera world). In addition, you get a wonderful behind-the-scenes looks at the production, and the scenery for this Egyptian epic is incredible--huge columns, replicas of Egyptian pharaohs, underground tombs. If you have ever thought of seeing an opera, this is the one to see.
Written October 01, 2016
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.