Written December 21, 2014
Fantastic Performance, great singers, sets and production
Written August 30, 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 September 19, 2014
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 September 17, 2014
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 December 20, 2014
Ukrainean Liudmyla Monastyrska sings the part of Aida. She has amazing power and vocal control and poignancy. The Met sets for Aida are so very impressive. I also enjoyed the videos showing what happens backstage during the intermissions and seeing both close-ups and aerial views, something I wouldn't see if I were actually at the Met.