Written January 21, 2013
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 July 31, 2014
glorious music, fantastic singing, amazing costumes and staging
Written December 19, 2014
It was absolutely outstanding - awesome - I cried - have never had that experience before
Written July 26, 2014
It was wonderful and the singing was sublime.
Written December 22, 2014
Fantastic! Joyce DiDintato was fabulous, and the rest of the cast was superb.