Written January 06, 2013
My husband and I used to live in NY and had a Met subscription for many years but never saw this one. We loved it and we are very grateful to our local Regal Theater (Ocala, FL) for making it possible for us to see it easily. We had been to the Met in HD at a theater 30 miles away on 2 occasions but for the replay, not matinee. The live broadcast was even better than the evening replay. I look forward to seeing the new Rigoletto and others.
The costumes, sets, direction, dance, chorus and soloists were phenomenal! And the between acts interviews were insightful. All together it was a wonderful afternoon.
Written September 18, 2014
Cool production; wonderful leads; boring opera. I really don't like French opera!. This merely re-confirms my bias!
Written July 24, 2014
Beautiful production with fabulous voices. Not to be missed.
Written August 27, 2014
Despite compelling performances by Met Opera stars Deborah Voigt and, especially, the ravishing Susan Graham, Hector Berlioz's mid-19th century opera, "Les Troyens," did not possess the musical nourishment required to sustain interest through a very long five hours. While there were many lovely passages, the fact that none of the opera's arias nor group vocals has attained a separate performance life indicates a serious deficit in dramatic musical power. The second act, especially, which contained long, tedious stretches, including a very routine ballet, would have benefited greatly by being cut in half. Poor Berlioz! Even his biographer noted that the the work was widely considered "a great sprawling white elephant." A one-time-only experience for this opera fan.
Written November 01, 2014
Berlioz music is wonderful. The singing was wonderful. The opera was too long. The ballet was beautiful, but it can be eliminated without hurting the story. I did enjoy the opera very much.