Written October 22, 2014
David McVicar's production was unexpected. This production supposedly took place in colonial times. In one of the first scenes Cleopatra appears dressed like "a flapper" and does a dance that looks like a Charleston. The guards wear pith hemets, with red jackets and revolvers on their hips. They could have passed as "Mounties," if not for the pith helmets. Initially the water background had clipper ships but toward the end there were battleships ala WW11 and dirigibles in the sky. The closing scene could have taken place in the Court of Versaille. It was as if Mr. McVicar went into costumes and props and took whatever he liked with no concern for keeping a consistent timeline. Anachronisms abounded!!!!
Written January 31, 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 March 31, 2015
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 March 05, 2015
Fabulous singing, wonderful singers really inhabiting their characters. Kind of out there production, but it grew on me.
Written May 04, 2015
This was a wonderful performance, especially by Natalie Dessay but all of the cast. It's a long opera but so full of action that the pace made it seem much shorter. Beautiful baroque music and the staging with much dancing was remarkable.