Written June 30, 2015
All this HD season, the opera I was looking forward to the most, was,FRANCESCA DA RIMINI.
Unfortunately, the leading tenor has never been one of my favorite Met singers; nor, was I much impressed by the leading soprano, though she did try her best. Time flies. But, twenty-seven years ago, the Met produced this opera,especially, for Renata Scotto. And, her performance, along with Placido Domingo and Cornell Macneil, were magnificent and memorable. Chills ran down my spine, as a sign, that for me, this was an operatic landmark I would always remember as unforgettable and GREAT. The current revival is not.
Written May 06, 2016
While not overly impressed by the music, the staging, acting and voices, particularily those of the baritone, the soprano and the Malatrstino, were spectacular and made the opera really worth attending. Special praise is due to the luxury of the costumes, which originally 27 years old were magnificent in their splendor. It was not one of the tenor's best days.
Written February 10, 2016
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!
Written July 29, 2015
Had never seen this opera before nor been to the Met at the Movies. Both were a spectacular surprise. The voices, costumes, scenery, and backstage shots and interviews were wonderful Can't wait until the next time!
Written November 30, 2015
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.