Written August 27, 2016
I went for Joyce DiDonato whom I was blown away by in her role as Sycorax in The Enchanted Island...much to my delight, Matthew Polenzani whom I saw perform with Ana Netrebko in L'Elisir d'Amore also performs. He is fantastic and very easy on the eyes I must say! Back to Joyce whom in my opinion, is brilliant...she does not disappoint as Mary, Queen of Scots nor does the South African, Elza van den Heever who makes her Met debut as Elizabeth I. The sets and costume designs are absolutely gorgeous!
Written August 31, 2016
Fantastic performance in s terrible venue! Go but avoid the Union Square Regal!
Written May 02, 2016
Written May 29, 2016
Donizetti’s “Maria Stuarda,” recounts the clash between Queen Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart (Mary, Queen of Scots) and ends with Mary heading to the executioner’s block. Everything is beautifully done and orchestrated! The entire cast is so talented, the costumes amazing, and the sets so artistic and symbolic. The camera work for the live HD is likewise awesome with very artful compositions of the scenes.The production stars the great American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato in the title role. Her performance was astounding! She has it all — technique, sound, color, nuance, diction, acting — that totally engaged us the entire time and at times brought us to the point of tears. The entire cast is superb as are the musicians and the conductor. In her Met debut, Elza van den Heever, a 33-year-old South African soprano is also wonderful as the emotionally tempestuous Elizabeth (Elisabetta).She was so committed to this role that she shaved her head to accommodate the queen’s elaborat
Written September 02, 2015
For someone who knows and loves opera but has never had the opportunity to go backstage and see how the work is put together, going to see a production such as Maria Stuarda is a real treat and an eye-opener. Not only is the HD production incredibly well focused, but the most minute details of the singers and their actions are shown in a way that no one, even sitting on the first row of the theater or even being part of the set of actors, are able to see. In the live production of Maria Stuarda, beyond the impeccable singing of the two queens, their acting was shown in a manner that only someone watching the production as I did, was capable of digesting and enjoying. Superb is the only word I can use to review the opera.