Written December 28, 2014
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 January 31, 2015
The repititions of the same lines over and over and over in the score got very tiresome, Even the moderator acknowledged it by quesrioning every interviewed singer about this condition of the libretto, Also, as with all the movie operas, the intermissions were much too long. Final scene was the best,
Written January 05, 2012
This was an amazing performance. Renee Fleming is unbelievable. It's fabulous to enjoy the talent of The Met while living in the midwest. It's also so interesting to see behind the scenes during two intermissions. This show was 4 hours long with two intermissions. Loved every minute.
Written January 10, 2012
The production was excellent as usual and Renee Fleming was superb in her vocal techique. I would probably not see this one again because it is so much Baroque and this limits the beautiful melody lines. I prefer more operas like Puccini with beautiful areas.
Written November 01, 2014
I thought I didnt like the opera at the beginning. It completely changed over three acts. This music is still in my head. Very good opera. Everything was perfect!