Written September 02, 2015
Natalie Dessay is the Lucille Ball or Imogene Coca of opera. She can make the driest story incredibly enjoyable, and she certainly does that in this opera. Between her perspective and that of Director David McVicar, this was much more fun than we expected it to be. The countertenors were also a breath of fresh air. The music is beautiful - and, being Handel, reminiscent of both the Messiah and the Water Music. Altogether, a great way to spend the afternoon.
Written November 29, 2015
The arias were unbelievable! Natalie Dessay was wonderful as Cleopatra and did very lively choreography. A nice balance of drama and comedy -- absolutely delightful sensory experience!
Written August 04, 2015
I hated this production so much I left after the first act. What a waste of talent and beautiful voices: Natalie Dessay, David Daniels, Christophe Dumaux, Giudo Locosolo. It was worse than Rigoletto in Las Vegas. It was insulting to the performers and to the audience: dumbing down a beautiful work of art!
Written February 08, 2016
Very entertaining. good music- good singing, contra-tenors galore (a little bit hard to get used to) Excellent aria from Daniels and Dessay,near the end.
This movie even contains time travel and resurrection - ha ha
Written May 25, 2016
Interesting take on this opera. I enjoyed most of the changes exept the costuming as a flapper. The music was terrific and beautifully sung, but some of the "modernized" tricks were distracting to the story, ie. "call me" signal, umbrella use, battleship, blimps and cruise ship back drops, etc. The counter tenors were terrific!