Written April 30, 2016
great, great, great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Simply great, can't wait to see another one
Written October 09, 2015
Curtain is advertised as 6:30 - they were 10 minutes late.
Adding insult to injury the presentation started with 40 minutes of self-serving trash.
Why was one forced to sit through long intermissions + self promotion time.
6:30 is too early to eat dinner before ..... all the wasted time put dinner off to after midnight.
Will not do this again.
Written May 05, 2015
Spectacular. The Ukranian singer of Aida was performing her debut with the Met and did so brilliantly. The "cast of thousands" was well beyond impressive. This rendition of Aida at the Met was the best I've seen out of probably 10. Were Verdi alive today, he would have shouted "bravo."
Written August 03, 2015
I enjoyed the opera very much, but I have many of the same complaints others have expressed. It started 25 minutes late, and, being an "encore" performance, we could have done with considerably less than two thirty minute intermissions. That's almost an hour and a half of sitting there NOT watching opera!
The relatively new theater ( now called the Regent, in St. Louis) produced a less than high def picture, and sub-par sound. Watching a DVD of this on my TV at home would have been more satisfying.
Much suspense when Alagna was going for those high notes, but he came through. Olga Boradina was not much of an actress, but her voice was in exceptional form. Her singing was flawless. The Ukrainian soprano Liudmyla Monastryska, making her Met debut in this over-the-top production, has an absolutely gorgeous, powerful voice. She promises to be a big international presence in the near future.
Written June 25, 2016
This was a spectacular presentation of this Verdi opera. The tenor and sopranos were absolutely beautiful, especially Liudmyla Monastryska in her role of Aida. Roberto Alagna's third act performance was just gorgeous.
The staging was amazing . The large choruses especially the triumphant march were beautiful. Renee Fleming's commentary was interesting. A few people in the theatre complained about the long intermissions but I didn't see this as a problem - just an opportunity to stand up and stretch.
I did have one major complaint, however. Throughout the entire performance of Aida you could hear the booming sound track from the adjacent movie. This was annoying !
For anyone who loves opera, I would highly recommend attending these taped performances. They are filmed live at the Met and presented on the big screen in HD. It's the next best thing to attending the Met.