Written December 26, 2014
A very dramatic presentation and I must say I was most impressed by the stage design and costumes this time. Colorful, impressive and well-proportioned for the whole stage (unlike some of the previous shows).
Written January 27, 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.
Written September 20, 2014
This performance was magnificent. Of all the wonderful singers, Joyce DiDonato, stood out--for her acting as well as her sisnging. Forgetting she was Joyce, I was convinced that she was Maria.
Written January 21, 2013
If you are an opera lover, you will not be disappointed. This is a feast for the eyes and the ears.
Written September 17, 2014
Opera has held high interest for most of my life but the Met Opera in HD experience has increased my joy with its intensity to the point of my not ever wanting to miss an HD production. This is even though attending the Met whenever I'm in New York is obligatory . . the vibes there can't be duplicated elsewhere.
But the immediacy and impact of what can be provided so adroitly on the screen does not happen in the originating hall. It is an entirely new medium that has been produced.
My gratitude for Joseph Gelb for bringing to our senses the theatre production excitement, with sets that astound, voices that enlarge the heart, acting that is deeply involving, technical usage that may not be noticed but does provide opera that is worthy of the highest expectations. It is opera, a traditional form, brought to creative new levels for the next generations.
I so thank you, Mr. Gelb, for what you have accomplished with the grand dame . . opera.
Edna Bradford Ratner