Written July 28, 2015
The production of the Tempest was very well done. Performances were first rate and HD was very well done. This opera seems to have staying power. However it is more satisfyinig to watch than just listen to. Very good direction, the opening segment of the storm was particularly impressive. Enjoyed the backstage interviews and the views of the scene changing, miss that in the opera house. Looking forward to attending some more of the Met HD productions later this year.
Written October 06, 2015
Excellent singing all 'round. Well-balanced cast. Interesting music. Caliban's last note and Ariel's beginning note to her final arietta was genius! Great Cirque staging and costumes too.
Written March 06, 2015
I did not expect to like the opera as much as I did. the coloratura soprano was fantastic. Her vocal gymnastics were amazing as were her actual gymnastic skills as the sprite Ariel. I love Simon Keenlyside as prospero. The current crop of Opera stars have vocal as well as acting talents. The music fortunately was not atonal and I enjoyed it very much.
Bravo to the Met for the performance of its orchestra and chorus, and to the management for having the live in HD performances HG Rochester NY
Written October 10, 2015
Although the performers were excellent including Simon Keenleyside, Alek Shrader, Isabel Leonard, and Audrey Luna, the overall production design exciting, and good camera work, the music seemed on one level throughout. I didn't find myself as emotionally involved by Ades work as I have by newer works by such a composer as Jake Hegge. I'm grateful I can still see the work of the MET at the local cinema and I look forward to seeing more by the MET in the months ahead.
Written August 28, 2015
The Met has been on a lucky streak lately with 'modern' - Nixon In China, Doctor Atomic, and Satyagraha - but nothing tops this Thomas Ades opera based on Shakespeare's The Tempest. Everybody is fantastic in their roles, but the gold medal goes to Audrey Luna as a Lady Gaga-like Ariel you won't forget for as long as you live.