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Superb!

By TwoHFarm
Written January 20, 2013
Voight was a most gracious host and asked some very interesting questions which she could bring due to her experiences. DiDonato was an exceptional Mary singing the role with overwhelming feeling just beautifully! She brought such a power to the part with her rich voice and interpretation. van den Heever played and sang Elizabeth with surprising warmth and yet a coldness that was necessary to the part. Even the 3 men were excellent in their singing. 4 of us were deeply moved by this most dramatic opera. This performance was SUPERB!
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Some of the High Points of the Year in the Arts !

By seventh
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
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Once Again the Riverview Theater in Philadelphia Disappoints its Audience

By cynthiajeiseman
Written September 17, 2014
Since the beginning of the Metropolitan Opera simulcasts, the Riverview Theater on Delaware Avenue in Philadelphia has disappointed its audience by presenting LOUSY sound. The sound is never loud enough. The volume is often so low that one can scarcely hear the audio. This is not the way to see and hear an opera. Friends have consistently and continously complained to management, during the performance, at intermissions, and after the end of the performance. Nothing ever changes. No accommodation is made. At every simulcast the volume is too low. I don't care about the Rivervies Theater and its business, but I do care about the Metropolitan Opera and its simulcasts. If the Riverview Theater management does not accommodate its audiences' wishes, they will soon find that their audience will go elsewhere. If anyone has any ideas about how to solve this problem, I hope they will take action. My rating "OH NO" reflects the sound quality, not the performance.
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I missed a wonderful performance ( so i heard)

By Waltraudrb
Written January 20, 2013
I am so sorry that I had to miss the showing of Maria Stuarda on Sat. Jan. 19. Can I get a refund for my tickets (2) ? A rain check for another showing ? a different opera?
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Extraordinary performance!

By josetacoronte
Written September 17, 2014
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.
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