Written July 26, 2014
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 January 17, 2013
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.
Written August 01, 2014
The opera itself was great. However, the experience was marred by a bunch of interviews asking stupid superficial questions before and during the performance. I understand that they needed to do something during intermissions BUT they ran the interviews and then STILL ran the intermissions. I will not see one of these again as long as they have these interviews. It is very annoying. Just do in the intermission set up and cut out the interviews
Written January 17, 2013
Anyone who loves this Verdi Opera would thoroughly enjoy this MetOpera. The Ukranian lead singing the role of Aida was spectacular.
Written July 30, 2014
Since it's a re-run and not a live performance, I'd suggest editing the intermissions to make the film shorter.