Written May 04, 2015
My first experience at HD and seeing the Met. It was truly amazing. I could never see everything as closely as with HD. The acoustics in the Regency Theatre in Jacksonville is terrific.
It was very emotional and must admit to tears nearing the end.
Can't wait for Feb 16th so I can see Rigoletto. Thanks to all that have made this available.
Written November 30, 2014
It was an unexpectedly overwhelming experience. The voices, the acting the sets, and even the fictionlized history of Mary Stuart and Elizabeth Tudor were incredibly moving.Joyce di Donato is already a national treasure. I'm enjoying the simulcasts more than the live performnces.
Written May 04, 2015
Absolutely riveting opera. Joyce DiDonato and Elze van den Heever outdid themselves vocally and with unbelievable acting. I've seldom seen acting to rival theirs on the opera stage. Donizetti's work will now be performed more often here I'm sure. The costumes alone, especially Elze's, who played Queen Elizabeth, were worth the trip.
Written January 30, 2015
The Metropolitan Opera's magnificent portrayal of Maria Stuarda not only awakens our curiosity, and the scholarly intrigue, about the Elizabethan era of the late 16th century. It also, by the superb performance of Joyce DiDonato in the role of Mary Stuart, creates a new reality in our perspective on that crucial time. In the final scene, Mary actually forgives the Queen for sentencing her to death, beseeching the Almighty not to let Elizabeth's terrible deed interfere with the success of the Queen, and thus the forward movement of the Empire. Now that's quite an act, for which Mary exceeds even her most revered predecessors among Christian martyrs. What Mary does goes beyond conventional heroism to stake out a new territory in dramatic, operatic art. Unbelievable!
The portrayal of Queen Elizabeth is also unique, although somewhat mystifying. Elizabeth -- the originator of the Elizabethan Compromise -- is cast by Donizetti as evil. That's something to ponder, in our own time.
Written January 22, 2013
Seeing Maria Stuarda in HD was an experience which moved me as well as entertained and educated me. I did read about the story before I got to the theater, so I was somewhat prepared for the sequence of events. However, the honesty of the singing and acting propelled the drama into an interactive mode.
This is a great way to experience opera and be so involved in the piece. The close-ups of the singers, the gorgeous costumes, the interviews with the performers and the local accessibility made this a great experience for me! I have seen many operas live, and I will continue to do so. However, I love the HD broadcasts where I can have the best seat in the house for a fraction of the cost and at my local theater!