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 August 30, 2016
Thoroughly enjoyed the opera (The Metropolitan Opera Live HD). If anyone is an opera lover this is the way to go. It is reasonable and the view cannot be beat. I have been going to these live in HD performances for about 3 years. Cannot miss with this option.
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.
Written October 13, 2015
Wonderful except you could hear loud booming and base sounds from the theatre next to where Aida was being shown. Very distracting during the prelude. Denver , 500 16th St . AMC.
Written July 26, 2016
With an outstanding cast, a visually brilliant production and some of the finest music that Giuseppe Verdk wrote, this was a terrific performance. Alagna's natural voice, Monastyrska's moving reading of the role and Borodina's top quality singing all made it a great show.