Written May 24, 2016
HD TV recording of Handel's baroque opera, Rodelinda. Performers were excellent, sets were outstanding and interviews between acts were interesting. However, I was not pleased with having to sit through 20-minute intermission; it was recorded, so this should have been editted out. Also, I am accustomed to the lines in an opera being repeated two or three times with variations in the music and voice, but in this case many lines were repeated five or six times. This became tiresome after a while. The story is very serious with no lighter moments. Did not care for counter-tenor voices.
Written October 23, 2016
I absolutely cannot understand how the Met could possibly put Stephanie Blythe in a role like this !!!!! It was ridiculous and I left in the intermission.
Written August 26, 2016
always lovely to see Fleming, but the repetition was deadening. I awoke for the 2nd and most of the 3rd. The counter-tenors were laughable--so sorry, as they seemed so very nice during intermission interviews.
Written July 23, 2016
I thought it was wonderful. Of course I like Baroque music. I also appreciated the fact that the opera started at the appointed time. The intermissions and interviews are interesting, but they make the production very long. This particular opera was so good that we stayed to the end.
Written October 01, 2016
We were disappointed. The opera was wonderfully performed: the orchestra was wonderfully led and the singing astounding. But: TOO MUCH TIME BETWEEN ACTS! Trailer times plus 20 full minutes of dead screen. Why are we subjected to "preview" snippets of Wagner, Verdi and Gounod between acts? YOU ARE THE MET. You don't have to advertise or convince us that you are top notch!. Intermission should be about resting the ears and allowing the mind to digest what has been heard. No trailers!The opera was to start at 6:30 PM. We arrived in our seats at 6:12 and the opera was already playing! No explanation. No apology. So at 6:30 they stopped it midstream; it then took 20 minutes for the projectionist to find the beginning of the opera & get it going. Crummy planning. Finally, after the second intermission & more extraneous interviews, just as the third act was to start, the DVD simply quit. By then we had been there for 4 hours! At 10:15 we left in disgust.Good idea. Horrible execution