Written September 01, 2014
It's a long time to sit, but provided a delightful afternoon's entertainment. Voices were great, and the big surprise for me was the acting and dancing ability of Natalie Dessay! She is an accomplished comedienne!
Written August 01, 2014
What we saw, about an hour and a half was great. Then the HD transmission ceased. After some delay, someone came out and explained that they record the transmissing when it is sent to the theater, but somehow there was nothing there after the first hour and a half. I guess a tip would be someone at the local theater should review the recording they just made when the transmission is sent to make sure they got it all BEFORE selling tickets to the performance.
Written December 20, 2014
fantastic! unbelievable singing from everybody! a treat to watch. comedic vaudeville-type choreography added - helped make the almost 5 hours go by quickly.
Written May 01, 2013
Really enjoyed every minute of this opera! Very interesting to see how different the costume designs were. Voices and sets were wonderful. Natalie Dessay was amazing! Would highly recommend this, even for those new to opera as I am.
Written December 18, 2014
It was very cleverly conceived. Though many seemed to criticize the repetitions, the countertenors, the dressed in drag, etc. it was more entertaining than the original concert presentations and made more understandable. After all, it is a Baroque piece, composed long ago when repetitions were always done. When they are cut you were criticized for doing so. It is an art to be able to repeat many times but with different inflections and feelings. One should study a little background before seeing any opera to really understand it. Both Dessay and Daniels have the parts under their belts though their voices are not as strong as they once were. The mother and son were at their all-round best. It was really worth seeing and hearing.