Written June 29, 2016
I'm not much of a fan of French opera, Italian is my passion. But this got great reviews in the New York Times, and there's a new tenor on the scene, Bryan Hymel, who stepped in when the Met's original tenor stepped down. He was superlative, as were other members of the cast, especially Susan Graham.
It's five plus hours long, but there are two intermissions. The second act I could do without - it was boring, as there was little action and way too much ballet and singing that were so repetitive as to lull you to sleep. But the first and the third acts were fine. The staging was spectacular.
I would still never add this opera to my DVD collection, but I am very glad I went. This is a seldom performed opera because very few opera houses have the resources to put this spectacle on.
Belioz himself died without ever seeing the opera performed in its entirety.
Written October 26, 2016
Awful! Boring! I left in the middle. Sadly, special effects people are replacing beautiful music and singing with fancy scenery and gadgets. It is not opera any more.
At first I thought opera in HD was great because we could see the singers facial expressions, but it has gone down hill so fast that I may not go anymore.
Written January 18, 2017
I don't think I ever would have chosen to see this at the Met, given the financial and time commitment, but HD Live was the perfect way to see this epic production and try something other than my addiction a to Puccini/Verdi operas with their traditional arias. I felt it was mind-expanding, truly one of the largest scaled operas I had ever seen, and it all came home with Bryan Hymel's aria in the last act. He is a super star. I really appreciated the back-stage looks during intermission, and using a movie theatre bathroom was a better experience than the Met's bathroom. It's not the same as live music, but it's a terrific experience. I signed up for Rigoletto, the Las Vegas version in February. The rehearsal interviews really whetted my appetite. Lynne in NYC
Written September 26, 2016
At first I thought, wow, five hours plus, but I pre-ordered my ticket, packed a little snack and off I went. This is a great theatre to view these HD broadcasts, Woodland Hills AMC, CA. I was so taken with the performances and the production that the time literally flew by.
I didn't realize how much ballet there was in the opera, but it added to the dramatics of the story quite well.
The difference between the first part, Troy, with it's visual feeling of impending doom, was so well done. The second part, in Carthage, was a lovely glimmering white, touches of gold, and joy among the inhabitants. Of course, as in most operas, it does not end well with invevitable death and despair.
The singers were outstanding. Doborah Voight, as Cassandra, conveyed her prophecies very powerfully. She was the highlight of the first part.
Susan Graham was a lovely Dido, but the great joy was Bryan Hymel as Aeneas. What an incredible voice. Bravo to all,and may we see more of Mr. Hynel in the future.
Written May 31, 2016
Live in HD from the Met is a wonderful way to see opera up close. The performance was outstanding. The ticket purchasing process from Fandango worked just fine.
The only negative point is that the Met switched the starting time from 12:55PM to 12:00PM, but the Fandango web site continuously said 12:55. Happily, my daughter sent me an email she got from Met informing her that the performance time had been changed, so we went in time for the earlier starting time. Since she was singing in the chorus for this production, we would have been beyond stressed if we had missed an hour. The box office instructed us to always check the theatre's web site instead of the ticket web site in future.
All in all, we really appreciate the Live in HD program and the ability to pre-order tickets thru Fandango.