Written January 25, 2015
Music was grating, but the sets and lighting and special effects were stunning.
Written April 02, 2015
Wonderful fusion of three artists: Gogol, Shostakovich and Kentridge. Each brings his own period to the story.
Singing is good, but not always clear.
The lighting of the stage could have been somewhat brighter as it was hard to see the back of the stage action.
I wish we didn't have to drive for an hour to see this - should be more venues around Boston.
Written September 03, 2015
Don't bother with this tuneless bore. Even the Met Opera couldn't save it.
Written October 27, 2013
The music is difficult, but it's interesting. The production is terrific, the singing too. The use of some (real) Russian performers is a big plus: they have a different style of acting. If there are aspects of the plot that don't move us -- the big effects of the differences in rank -- be glad we don't get it! Live in HD puts you right on stage (except, in this one, where they pull back so you can see the animations and projections) and that is always great.
Written July 01, 2015
an unusual opera, funny and quite interesting. The Met must be gratulated for doing 20th century works.