Written April 29, 2013
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 April 28, 2013
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 May 07, 2013
I have not enjoyed some of the Met's new productions, especially La Traviata and Rigoletto. I am inclined to agree with the critic who, in commenting on the Met's new Ring, said that "pound for pound, ton for ton, this is the most witless and wasteful production in operatic history. However, back to the current topic. I thought that the production was witty and well conceived. Natalie Dessay was in good voice, and her dancing and acting were delightful. It seems chic to have elements of different periods mixing it up on the operatic stage, and in this production, I don't think it was objectionable. My problem, and this is my problem with many baroque operas, is that they tend to be imbalanced in favor of the high voices. Counter tenors certainly serve a purpose in presenting baroque opera, since castrati are extinct, but, personally, I am just not crazy about the timbre of this particular kind of voice.
Written April 28, 2013
It took a lot of living for me to be ready to appreciate opera. I'm there! Having experienced the Met and having experienced the HDLive version, I'd rate both as enriching, satisfying, engaging, fun escapism. Giulio Cesare was a feast for the eyes and ears. I hadn't expected to laugh so much - totally enjoyed the anachronisms and inside jokes. The performers were consummate entertainers. I'll look forward to the next season.
Written April 30, 2013
An innovative take on a rarely performed Baroque opera, with an outstanding cast. The updated production worked very well. Handel would have been pleased.