Written July 26, 2014
Having seen this production at last 5 times at the Met Opera House, I was able to recreate the massive sets in my mind as I listened to the glorious music and watched a fine cast. If one has not seen it in person, it cannot be fully appreciated on screen. However, the score , principal singers and Met Chorus and dancers were more than enough to satisfy even the newest of opera goers. Roberto Alagna's performance was somewhat uneven but nevertheless effective. Always a treat to see and hear a Met debut and this Aida will surely take the opera world by storm. I never get tired of seeing this quintessential production of Aida.
Written August 30, 2014
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 December 16, 2012
A wonderful production. But the camera was way too close most of the time and your sense of perspective from the stage was regained the minority of the time. This IS a stage production and a sense from the first row would be better than just the face or upper torso of the singer.
Very little beats the Met, tho, and the singers and values are first rate.
Written December 20, 2012
Loved the opera production. Also enjoyed the 'bonus' backstage interviews conducted by the diva Renee Fleming.
Written November 29, 2014
the producer's handling of the camera angles was horrible and detracted from many scenes of the opera especially use of the overhead camera