Written February 28, 2015
It was most unusual. Hard to follow due to Russian sung and English on screen.
Not the usual opera - photography was interesting, but strange story and not too melodic.
I really didn't much like it.
Written November 21, 2014
We marveled at the sets and costumes, were made dizzy by the constant motion but loved it anyway. The story itself is baffling, but we have the distinct impression it means *something.* Good to hear Russian spoken--and sung--by Russians (in some cases). There's a bite and pith in that language that's hard for non-native speakers to achieve.
Written April 01, 2015
One of the most brilliant productions I've ever seen. It's an amazing synthesis of Gogol's story, music and production and scenography. Can't wait when it will come out on DVD.
Written May 23, 2015
The production values of this production are incredible. I don't think anything of
that enormity has ever been seen on an operatic stage. The singing was equally
outstanding, both from the soloists and the chorus. For that reason I am giving it
a "GO." Musically it is quite exhausting and relentless.
Written September 18, 2014
I would not recommend this to someone who was going to the opera for the first time. It was quite strange but good fun. I happen to be a big Shostakovich fan so I enjoyed the music, although there was not much in the way of vocal beauty!
I so appreciate the opportunity to see Met operas on screen since we are unable to go to the Met more than once or twice a season. Please keep doing this.