Written November 29, 2014
A stirring production with lots of supers carrying spears and giant columns. I found the production lacked COLOR, however; the designer seems to have forgotten that Egypt was a painted land. Instead Quaranta concentrated on the brown arid aspect and the temples as they look now, washed of their vibrancy. More BLUE, please, more bright RED and ORANGE and GREEN, not so much drab sand color! The costumes did have some hint of color.
The singing was somewhat uneven, with Monastyrska as Aida soaring especially in her ,lovely pianissimo upper register. Olga Borodina as Amneris stole the show - great singing and a perfect *****-part for her. George Gagnidze was superb as Amonasro, what a voice and what a presence! Alagna was Radames. There isn't a whole raft of big Italian tenors around right now, so I guess he will have to do; but he seemed puny and screechy at times. The orch. played at its customarily near-perfect level; Luisi did his usual workaday job: competent, but predictable. Go!
Written August 29, 2014
It was a wonderful experience! Could see the actions, expressions, etc. up close. Much better seats than I could ever afford at the met-plus we got to see backstage. I loved it and am looking forward to the next time!
Written October 28, 2014
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 August 23, 2014
If you want to see pageantry at its peak visit a performance of Aida by the Metropolitan Opera Company. Superb singing, spectacular visionary vistas, comfortable as well as best seats in the house. Don't miss any HD broadcasts from the Met that are available in your locality at local theaters. What a treat and at an unbelievable price!!!
Written December 26, 2014
A wonderful performance of a great opera, marred by the venue (Loew's Multiplex, Route 10, East Hanover, NJ). The colors were washed out. The sound was ugly. And the definition was a long way from being HD. Wrote to the Met, who replied that there were no significant similar complaints, so the problem involved the theatre, not the transmission itself.