Written October 10, 2013
Splendid. I laughed, cried and scratched my head...
Magnificent music (although a little too loud in this theater) beautiful actors (opera singers no less!) great sets, lovely colors... Fun interviews and backstage peeps during intermissions.
But I also wondered why the house lights were not turned on during the first intermission. A lot of senior people attempted to go to the rest rooms in total darkness, and I was expecting casualties. I have tickets for all the other Met in HD performances and even some of the encores I have already seen. One of the pleasures of my (old) age.
Written September 01, 2014
A great story, based on a great poem, told by a great composer, with a great cast at a great opera company. What's not to like?
Written September 18, 2014
Outstanding performance. Breathtaking and innovative interpretation. Anna Netrebko's perfect seamless voice was as divine as her acting skills. Her pianissimo in the last scene was fantastic - rich and full. The entire cast was flawless and superb.
Written September 19, 2014
The first two acts were great, but then a fire alarm went off and the cinema had to be evacuated. Hope this will not happen to you.
Written October 11, 2013
A tour de force by the principles many of whom are Russian and grew up learning Pushkin's poem. The dramatic intensity and coloring of Tchaikovsky's music was well-served by the orchestra and conductor.
The sets could have been more interesting they hardly looked like a Russian dasha but the dramatic music and performances made up for it.