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Rusalka

By cnordling
Written February 13, 2014
In my opinion, the Met Opera HD productions are always worth viewing. However, the sound in St Louis Park MN theater isn't what it should be. It is too soft and appears to come from the front speakers only. I have been to many of the Met Opera broadcasts and the sound has been inconsistent and inadequate. It should always be maximized for the full opera experience. The singers and the orchestra sound far too distant and quiet. Please solve this problem so the opera viewers can hear the music the way it was intended. Turn up the volume please.
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Absolutely wonderful

By moodyjudy
Written February 13, 2014
Such a joy to watch this opera live from New York. Very strong orchestration very much a part of the opera. Great sets and always fun to watch behind the curtain during the breaks. But the best is the singing. All characters were very strong led by Renee Fleming. She is amazing. So much symbolism in the story. So powerful. Enjoyed every minute.
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I loved it!

By sjerseycraig
Written February 13, 2014
The music was beautiful and all of the singers excellent. Renee Fleming was great as usual. And Yannick was a passionate conductor -- it may be that opera is his forte. I am very glad I dragged myself to the encore presentation Wednesday night.
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Live in HD at the Met

By billgreen2000
Written February 13, 2014
sound quality (which is paramount) and visuals (color washed out a great deal. Just look at the inside of the Met at intermission. All the seats, patrons, curtain are washed out) are not good enough. Great singing though. BG
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Rusalka

By lindaslookout
Written February 13, 2014
A lush, magical production. The hefty healthy shapes of Rusalka and her sisters, the curvy water sprites, do not detract from your loving their singing, acting, character study and graceful beauty. The male singers and two witch-like ladies were powerful. Each of the singers female and male was superb, the quality and emotions awesome. What operatic Oscars can you give? The sets deserve a huge one. The backstage intermission scenes were a real eye-opener and deserve an opera themselves: the melodic on stage versus the cacaphony behind the curtain. Any brave versatile composers taking the bait? Stravinsky, where are you when we need you?
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