Written August 05, 2015
As a fan of Joyce DiDonato, I was eager to see this opera, and was not disappointed. Her portrayal of exiled queen Mary of Scots was poignant, regal, determined, forgiving. Queen Elizabeth was not quite the villain, but never a sympathetic character. The camera work was revealing but not intrusive; e.g., Elizabeth's hand motion of the flourish under her signature, and her sealing with her signet ring. I wonder whether the in-house audience was able to see them. In a concert hall, it is not possible to see the facial expressions that are so evident on camera. I especially like the backstage interviews with the principals. It was obvious that the movie-house audience felt connected to the stage action because there was applause after arias and at the end. This was our third opera in HD, and I continue to recommend the experience. I am looking forward to future productions.
Written March 29, 2015
fabulous production. there has been nothing like these operas in hd. singing was fantastic and seeing everything - costumes, faces, scenery, etc. added to the delight. especially great to have the intermissions visible.
Written July 30, 2015
Excellent singing, marvelous acting. Joyce diDonato was awesome. Recommend it highly.
Written September 01, 2015
Spellbinding. Fantastic voices and great acting as well.
Written September 02, 2015
This was an all around sensational performance! There was not a weak voice in the bunch. The two ladies were glorious! And, Matthew Polenzani was wonderful. Hopefully, this will not be so rare in the future as Donizetti has too few operas as is.