Written May 22, 2009
Excellent production. Only problem was a blip where the forecast got interrupted for a few seconds, otherwise a comfortable, informal way to see opera, the best way to view it in my opinion.
Written May 23, 2009
Too bad the "Oh No" ratings lack comments since they're definitely skewing the overall rating...
While it would have been great to sit in the Met for the performance, this first experience with an HD broadcast was fine. The singers were wonderful: Elina is enchanting and has a great voice, "Dandini" is an awesome bass and "The Prince" showed in the second act that he has chops.
The only detractions came from the Regal theatre venue. They kept their usual commercial pre-show babble going instead of feeding the Met's sound - it would have made the experience more realistic. They handed out the opera synopsis about five minutes into the show - way too late to read it; thankfully we'd prepped ourselves and our two young guests. The worst: running a bass-heavy action flik (Terminator 4?) right next door - the booms interferred with the opera's sound at key moments. Some education of the staff is definitely needed. At $18 a ticket, theatre mgmt should pay more attention to the details.
Written May 23, 2009
Not my favorite Opera. but the Met production s are stunning. I wish we could get seat assignments, so we don't have to show up so ridiculously early for decent seats.
Written May 15, 2014
A magnificent presentation by the New York Met. However, there was a very loud slam-bang action movie of some kind in the theatre next door, and the boom boom of the sound carried over into La Cenerentola. It was distracting, disconcerting and distressing to say the least.
The movie itself gets 5 stars. The theatre, 2 stars. They should know better.
Written May 17, 2014
I love opera. This was the first time that I saw opera on the movie screen instead of live. I loved the opera itself -- but the viewing experience left much to be desired. The sound kept going out, and although the picture and subtitles were perfect, even as beautiful an opera as La Cenerentola isn't great without the sound. Nobody goes to the opera for the plot. The people at the theater did all they could to try to get back the sound, but the experience became absolutely surreal as the opera was rewound in an attempt to get back the sound, I love opera, but I don't think I recommend experiencing it at the movies.