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Aida

By saltunian
Written November 12, 2009
Image was acceptable but sound was too low. The opera has 4 acts and the added intermissions (way too long, we are in a movie theater not at the Met) on top of the added interviews made it way way too long for a movie experience. Otherwise it is a nice way to enjoy opera if you can't make it to a real opera house.
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Five Word Review

By cicaldwell
Written November 13, 2009
A treat for opera lovers
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Aida

By ole99
Written November 13, 2009
The singing and orchestra was excellent, and the grand staging was good. The show was excellent, although the close-ups of the principal singers was intended for the huge opera house and was abit too much
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Stunning Production!

By operalovers323
Written November 13, 2009
Aida, shown as a HD encore, is stunning. Above all, Verdi's music reaches your heart and soul. Seeing and hearing Aida on the large screen enhances one's experience. The camera angles from above and close ups of the singers draw the viewer into the opera's frame of reference. The subtitles enhance our experience because we know (in additon to feeling) what is really going on. As the music surrounds us, the spectacular sets, glorious costumes and massive crowd sequences boggle our minds. It is interesting that the tenor was a baritone, the mezzo was a soprano and the soprano was a mezzo. The singing was magnificien! It is incredible to hear the quality of the voices maintained throughout 3 hours of intense singing. Unfortunately, the acting was not up to the singing. In comparision, in Madama Butterfly, the singing and the acting were supurb. It is great to be able to share our feelings with other members of the audience.
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Where's the beef?

By quesaisje
Written November 13, 2009
The only singer close to Met standards was Urmana, and with so many others not anywhere near her level, vocally or dramatically, she came across as a supernumerary in the 1st act. Botha didn't impress me: He was stiff, minimally expressive, even in the famous opening aria, and his voice (He sings Wagner? Really?) doesn't have the depth or range called for in this kind of role. I think there was an audio problem, sounded a bit hollow, muted at times. What surprised me, other than the below Met standards of the singing (Urmana being the sole exception), was the lack of dramatic intensity, even in the high priests and with all their elaborate costuming and staging. That goes especially for Carlo Guelfi, Roberto Scandiuzzi , and Stefan Kocan. See David Abrams' critical review in ***MusicalCriticism.com. I especially liked his comment that Botha often looked like a deer caught in the headlights. Licitra had to be a lot better!
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