Written July 28, 2016
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 September 29, 2016
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 September 27, 2016
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.
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 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.