Written February 27, 2012
An outstanding performance of the opera Ernani was marred by severe audio problems during the first half hour of the performance which ruined an otherwise thrilling performance.
Written October 21, 2016
Nothing to complain about regarding the opera itself. Our local theater, though -- now that's another matter.
First, those of us "opera oldsters" who normally show up an hour or so before the actual performance (come early, get a good seat) were prevented from entering the theater - any part of it - until 1/2 hour before showtime. The usual ticket taker said it was the manager's decision, not his. I wonder what that's all about?
Then, after all the pre-show commercials, some of which I've seen so often that I could shout the lines back to the performers, Verdi's Italian opera Ernani started - without English subtitles. The entire first scene of act one left the audience clueless as to what was being expressed by the music. The opera (video) was actually stopped (so much for your "Live in HD" performance) until someone could push the right buttons.
THEN, a complete loss of reception later in the opera!
Written March 02, 2012
Music and Voices were fine. However, the projection and lighting were terrible,especially during the first act, it improved somewhat thereafter but overall left much to be desired.
Written February 29, 2012
A wonderful earlier work by Verdi. Best production I have seen in a long time. The singing by Angela Meade as Elvira and Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Don Carlo was divine. Dmitri's portrayal and facial expressions were not to be missed. In my book Verdi can do no wrong. Just LOVE his music and drama.
The intermissions offered a variety of activities behind the stage introducing the viewer to the complex works in keeping scene changes running smoothly and with efficient speed.
Written February 26, 2012
This was a wonderful, lyrical opera and I enjoyed it immensely. The costumes and staging were wonderful. The singing was exquisite, especially the new soprano, Angela Meade. She has an amazing career ahead of her and I look forward to hearing her in other Met HD performances.