Written August 23, 2014
Great story, staging, orchestration, acting and glorious singing.
Written July 25, 2014
Those who do not listen to opera - please disregard, this review and the whole thing is not for you. But if you are an opera person - do go and listen! The case, staging, singing, acting, not to mention music - all is as good as it gets!
Written September 20, 2014
A truly magnificent production- the music, stirring- costumes and set decoration, beautiful- the cast, especially Joyce di Donato, sang with such emotion, it made my heart soar-
Written February 09, 2013
If you like opera and you've never gone to one of the Met Live in HD performances at the movies, be sure to check the list for the upcoming dates. You must go!
This Maria Stuarda was absolutely amazing--glorious singing by always wonderful Joyce Di Donato, as Maria, and the entire cast. The intermission interviews, live, with each cast member bring yet another dimension to the performance.
I often go to see performances at the Metropolitan Opera, and there's nothing like hearing the sound directly, in person. But watching the live performances at the movies brings another wonderful dimension to the opera, because you have a close-up, face-to-face view to see every nuance of a singer's expression and vocal technique. You don't miss a thing!
This was the encore showing of Maria Stuarda, but there are many more Met Live in HD showings yet to come. Don't miss them!
Written August 30, 2014
This was my first hearing, so getting a fix on the music was difficult but it seemed typical Donizetti in the first act--that's meant to encourage attendance. The second act was less about music than voice, but that merely demonstrates Donizetti's genius. Queen Eliabeth had a great voice but apparently was directed to be very masculine in movement. Maria (DiDonato) had a great voice flawed by vibrato on any high note. The second act belonged to her, and she provided a very rare emotional impact. The men were all very good. In the second and final act, DiDonato dominated over the music, but she was superb. A little English history helps. Washington Concert Opera will perform this opera this spring. Certainly, we will go.