Written April 15, 2012
This new production was the worst I have evern seen. I really felt sorry for the singers. The soprano was having some difficulty, even though she has a beautiful voice ... The costuming \was hedious and the scenery...what scenery????? ugly... I have seen new productions before(not of this opera), but this was the aboslutel 'pits'...Gravely disappointed. .
Also, I want to bring the attnetion to the sound system at the Rega Theater 7.....the last wo operas the sound was not clear and consise ,.. not brilliant...Now I am not hearing imparied but those around also complained about the sound system... In the future, I am going to tty a differrent venue (theater). I hope the Regal Theater in Montrose checks this out for future operas.
Written April 15, 2012
first time i have seen Traviata in the new, modern setting and cannot decide if I like it or not. I think i concentrated on the music more with the stark settings but the clock was definitely distracting. I kept trying to figure out if the times on it had any significance to the plot.
All the voices were suberb and the music is, of course, timeless and beautiful.
How I wish Fandango would allow for reserved seating; it is so inconvenient to have to rush down there to get a good seat before all the buses from the senior living centers arrive.
We have friends who subscribe to Met in HD in White Plains, NY and they have reserved seats for each performance at a very nominal rate.
Written April 16, 2012
Natalie Dessay, during an intermission apologized for missing a high note. Firstly, I hardly noticed, and secondly, when a diva executes such exquisite acting and vocalizing, she need apologize for nothing. She and her co-artists were outstanding. Luisi gets better with each opera. Brava, bravo, bravi all.
Written April 19, 2012
My husband and I think Natalie Dessay is one of the all-time greats of opera, and we go out of our way to hear/see her. She and her co-star seemed to have an especially good chemistry in this production. We especially love the intermission interviews and backstage features of these live in HD operas. The singers are so generous to be willing to be interviewed right after performing such challenging roles. Natalie was especially disarming when she said "Sorry" to the audience in referance to her only slightly flat singing of a high note. In short, we loved all aspects of this opera, with the slight exception of the sets. While we would have preferred a traditional setting, these were effective and dramatic.
Written August 21, 2014
La mise en scene was terrible. It made you concentrate on the music which as always superb.
Whoever had thi idea should seek employment in the concret business.