Written April 24, 2017
I have been fortunate enough to see several operas at the Metropolitan Opera House, and watching this production in the theater was a very different experience. On site, the audience is not as close to the singers, and so miss many of the smaller facial expressions and motions that add a great deal to their characters. However, as they are in actuality playing to a huge house, sometimes their expressions and motions are exaggerated, making them seem too big for HD on a large screen. Also, in the house one gets the vastness of the stage and the sets, making the huge voices and actions stay in perspective. When one is as close as the camera and cannot widen one's view to the entire stage, the loss of that perspective can make the focus on the singers seem overwhelming. Nonetheless, the theater is a good way to be introduced to opera and to learn to appreciate the music, the stagecraft and overall the incredible voices that this art form has to offer. I enjoyed it thoroughly.
Written April 29, 2017
This is was so great! Really enjoyed it.
Written October 14, 2012
What's not to like!! Anna Netrebko was absolutely marvelous. She and Mariusz Kwiecien were a great couple. Not only were their performances top notch, but they truly enjoyed working with each other. You can see it in their eyes. Two great professionals enjoying having fun doing want they do best.
The rest of the cast was more than excellent. A terrific performance and worth every penny of admission. Would go to see this again.
Written August 28, 2016
Having seen Luciano Pavarotti in this opera several times, I was not sure I could really enjoy it without him. However, this was a fabulous production, in every way. Anna Natrebko was amazing, positively in fabulous voice. The baritone and tenor were great as well. And I loved the production. Beautifully sung but also beautifully directed with great sensitivity.
Written April 30, 2017
IF YOU LIKE OPERA YOU WILL LOVE THIS PERFORMANCE, AND IF YOU ARE NOT AN OPERA LOVER THIS PERFORMANCE WILL BE ENJOYABLE.