Written January 13, 2008
This was my first experience attending a simulcast broadcast of a Metropolitan Opera. It was fantastic and wonderful in every way. People attending the performance in NYC didn't get to see and hear much of what we did---interviews, behind the stage tours, preparation of sets, watching singers being helped with costumes and makeup--it took two hours for the man playing the witch to be made up--close up views of the singing and acting on stage, etc. The close up views of the conductor and individual musicians in the orchestra were also wonderful. No wonder these simulcast broadcasts have become so popular and are sold out weeks in advance. It was also great to see young people attending an event like this, with parents and grandparents.
Written January 16, 2008
I have seen most of the High Definition Metropolitan Opera performances and Hansel and Gretel was the best opera of them all.If it gets replayed I will take the other members of my family to this superb opera about food and hunger.I'm sure they will enjoy the lyrical poetic rhythms,the extensive humor,the creative sets; especially the oversized kitchen,the awesome singing and the behind the scenes videoing.People in the movie theatre raved over all the characters especially the witch(it took about two hours for him to get into his prostetic costume pieces!).The huge,sumptuous chocolate tort made by famous New York City chef plus other cakes and pastries made by the other famous New York City bakery was an added plus.Narration by well known Rene Fleming and the sweet little voices of the childrens' MET chorale just added to the outstanding performances by all who participated in this fabulous opera.
Written January 13, 2008
This play focused on the kichens and had very good acting. The play is different from the childrens books, which creates a good discussionn afterwards.
Written January 21, 2008
The movie of the opera was great! The only problem was that we had to sit too close to the screen. I recommend that others get to the movie early enough to find a good seat. Also the times and dates of the showings are not well publicized so it is difficult to know when and where to go to see the productions. Now we just go to the Metropolitan Opera Web site to see the announcements.
Written January 28, 2008
Loved it. Wonderful music, behind the sceens info. Exciting Can't wait to the next presentation