Written October 28, 2014
Seeing opera this way is really great. albeit it's not quite the same experience as going to the Met in NYC but it's certainly a great alternative. You are confortable in a movie theater, the tickets are 1/10th of what it costs to go to Lincoln Center, with the close ups you are practically on stage with the performers.
the only comment I was say is that it would be nice to get some more whole stage shots and a bit fewer closer ups.
Written July 31, 2015
Once again the production was outstanding. The sets and the costumes were probably the most beautifully creative of any of any production this year...actually the most outstanding part of the production. The voices were less than exciting (what has happened to Giordano in the past 2 years?) and the music all over the place with no focus so it sounded more like a bunch of notes with nowhere to go.
Written August 30, 2015
Best Singers, Best costumes, Best scenery!
Written June 03, 2015
Beautiful sets and costumes. Mediocre music with no memorable arias. So-so singing. I can see why it's only done once each generation or two. As the New York Times put it in their review, "...you are likely to wonder why anyone felt any of it was worth the bother."
I will no listen to it or watch it again.
Written March 17, 2013
This is a strange opera and I can see why it is seldom performed. The singers were wonderful, as usual, but it seemed the set was so complex that three long intermissions took up more time than the opera. As for the opera, the story seemed to be a collection of pieces of a life, largely unlinked, and it lacked any arias of note. Character motivations were largely nonexistent.