Written May 04, 2015
This is a very enjoyable opera of the Queen Elizabeth and Mary story. The two female lead singers Elza van den Heever as Elizabeth and Joyce DiDonato as Mary are superb. The rest of the cast are also excellent. Production values are up to the usual Met polish.
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 28, 2014
Impeccable presentation. Ms. Di Donato did an outstanding job like the rest of the cast. It is a blessing that viewers like me can see Met Operas and provide us with so much culture at a reasonable price. Let me know when the DVD is available.
Written July 30, 2015
Excellent singing, marvelous acting. Joyce diDonato was awesome. Recommend it highly.