Written April 13, 2014
This was my first experience of the MET Live ever. Seeing La Boheme gave me a rush of emotions --- cried twice --- first time where the two main characters were singing together in a warm embrace just before the end of the scene where they met for the first time. Wow! Laughter happened for me during intermission when the two main actors were being interviewed -- some off the cuff remark brought the human side out behind the scenes.
Lovely "behind the scenes" advantage to really get a look at the type of work that goes into this performance as the scenery changes was another benefit. The lady who was standing in for someone who was out sick --- gave her "all" and then some. Marvelous effort! Unbelievable "show must go on" attitude and her humility was refreshing to see in the behind the scenes interviews. She was actually playing in Madame Butterfly the night before and is now the first actress to ever play out two dying acts within a 24 hour period on the Metropolitan stage!
Written April 12, 2014
You can't beat the Met when it comes to staging opera. Their La Boheme was wonderful for the performers, the staging, the orchestra. Loved seeing the set changes between acts. Enjoyed learning inside information about the production, the principals, etc. I felt that the conductor was perhaps given shortshrift when it came to bows, etc. The orchestra also wasn't acknowledged as much as it should be. Of course, Mme, Opolais' record setting back-to-back performances in Madama Butterfly and La Boheme was a tour-de-force in the mastery of two Puccini operas and an unsurpassed feat of stamina.
Written April 07, 2014
LaBoheme was fabulous. My only complaint is that the stage was too dark, you could hardly see the sets. Don't know if that's the Met's fault or the movie theater. However, I love these events and plan to go to many more.
Written April 07, 2014
My favorite opera done superbly. My first time at a Met HD broadcast, so it was fun to see what goes into the scene changes. Grigolo seems like a likely successor to Pavoratti as an effortless, romantic tenor. And Opalais was a convincing Mimi--her exhaustion made her look like she was dying, but her voice was divine. I signed up late, so I'd only try not to sit in row 3 next time as it was a bit "in-your-face" at that distance.
Written April 06, 2014
Another fabulous production by the Met Opera. I LOVE that we can view these operas in our cinemas in HD.
Beautiful music and fabulous sets. Loved it.