Written November 29, 2014
I'm hooked on HD broadcasts from the Met and thank Fandango for making the ticket buying so easy. They even sent me a correction on the time of broadcast! I should have paid attention to the length of this opera--5 hours--because we had to miss the 5th act. I confess I slept through some of this, but only because I had to get up so early to see it. Excellent production of this rarely seen opera.
Written September 19, 2014
Unbelievable. Had never seen this opera and thought I would leave after the first 2 hours. Over 5 hours and didn't seem like 2 had passed. Glad the Met put this classic on HD Live.
Written January 08, 2013
The first act was great - loved the soprano. The second act was too long and didn't move the production. The soprano in the second act was ok. Wanted to stay for third act, but didn't
because of the length of the opera. Too too long.
Written October 24, 2014
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 January 06, 2013
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.