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!
Written July 03, 2015
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 July 28, 2015
A rich and powerful opera experience. Joyce DeDonato is especially impressive.for her powerful singing and emotional range, but the total package of misic, voices, costumes, staging is remarkable.
Written January 30, 2015
What a spectacular performance. The staging, the voices, the sets the costumes none of it could have been better. Also sitting in a comfortable seat and being up close it was a most enjoyable afternoon. One could ask for nothing more., For anyone whop has not taken advantage of seeing a live performance from the Met I urge you to seek out a theater close to home for a most rewarding experience.
Written April 26, 2015
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