Written December 16, 2012
An outstanding production of Aida. Seeing it live via simulcast was a special treat. The music, the orchestra, the singers, the dancers, the staging were all a feast to behold.
The backstage interviews with the cast after each act were especially informative and entertaining. The sub titles enabled us to understand the entire story. This is a love story for all time. We thoroughly enjoyed it.
Written December 17, 2012
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 September 03, 2014
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 July 30, 2014
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 October 22, 2014
Beautiful production. Excellent cast. Great camera work. Intermission features were very interesting.