Written August 25, 2016
I've been a subscriber to Seattle Opera for over 10 years and just this year found out about the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD presentations in theatres. La Boheme is the third of these operas I have attended. Since I have been an opera-goer for so long it is always fun to have the opportunity to see/hear an opera I haven't experienced before. Last month's "Werther" from the Met Live was superb in every way. But this La Boheme was the best I've ever seen. The opera itself is one I've been to 3 or 4 times and never tire of it. I should have known that the Met would knock it out of the ballpark.
There is no doubt that this opera company is world class. The performances were so beautiful and the sets beyond compare. An enormous plus of these live performances is the interviews during intermissions and especially interesting is watching the stage crews tucking away the previous set or stage and setting up the new one. This is worth the price of tickets alone.
Written August 27, 2016
Not being aficionados of the Opera, we were hesitant to get tickets. but after the showing, we were so happy that we had gone to see it. We loved it, and we plan to broaden our understanding of the opera by attending regularly.
Written May 27, 2016
I enjoyed it thoroughly!
The entire cast was wonderful.......period!
The entre acte commentator, an opera singer whose name I cannot recall (sadly) was wonderful and knowledgeable!
The between act commentaries, discussions, "lapsed-time" demonstrations of the "Set" preparation.....superb!
This time, I experienced it at the Potomac Yards Theater in Alexandria, Virginia because the tickets at my preferred venue, Mazza Gallerie, Washington, DC, were sold out.
(Alas, the audience was a bit "too southern" for my taste.
I attended alone, and, during the "Pause" and Intermissions, my "seat Neigjbors" were uncommunicative, not responsive and cold.
In the future, I will strive to purchase tickets at my favorite venue in Washington, DC-
proper, where my friends and Neigjbors often attend are more amiable, pleasant and knowledgeable.
Written August 30, 2016
It was very nice to have the opera experience wearing casual attire and sitting in comfortable seats. I had not been to see an opera in a very long time. I found the use of subtitles to capture all the nuiances of the opera quite enlightening since I dont speak italian. This was not available when I last went to see an opera.
Written May 01, 2016
Puccini's La Boheme is the most performed and popular opera of all times. This tragic love story set in the bohemian district in Paris. The arias are beautiful, breath-taking, emotional. I highly recommend. Also with satellite opera series you can go behind scenes and listen to interviews with the principles of performance. Also you can see the changing of the sets. La Boheme is considered one of the major productions at the Met with 3 levels of set changes.