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Unusally poor for a Met production

By sorsche
Written March 17, 2013
I love opera. I love the live in HD Met series which I usually find thoughtfully produced, stunningly staged, conducted brilliantly, vocally magnificent and acted superlatively. Oh God how I wish I could say these things about this opera. I walked out. A never before occurrence. The reason this opera is performed rarely is because, frankly, there's not enough in it to devote the time or energy to staging it. Really bad. The first time I've experienced a truly over acted production. My favorite character was the husband - at least he seemed real! The attendants to Franceca were beautiful, sang well and laughed convincingly. Eva W (whom I loved in Wagner) and Marcello G just couldn't pull it of despite the great pit and fine conducitng. Shame on you Met!
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Not Great

By fredtowers
Written March 17, 2013
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.
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Lois

By loisann
Written August 21, 2014
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.
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I love operas but...

By PENELOPE1536
Written March 18, 2013
I didn't like the this one in particular. I found it a bit boring. Sorry!
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FRANCESCA DA RIMINI

By mjay12345
Written July 23, 2014
EXCELLENT PRODUCTION. SEE IT, IF YOU CAN ON ENCORE PRESENTATION.
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