Written July 30, 2014
It was excellent and I very much enjoyed it. My main criticism, and one I've had for other opera HD versions, is that they do too many close ups and not enough full stage shots. I would appreciate it if you could convey this to the people at the Met who make the videos.
Written November 19, 2012
I checked out some video clips on You.tube and instantly knew I wanted to see this opera. I was not dissapointed one bit. It was a full theatre which thrilled me. The entire production was so wonderful, and having Deborah Voight as the moderator was great, unlike the stilted Renee Fleming from an earlier transmission. I was swept up the minute the orchestra began to play and never lost interest . The singers were all beyond fantastic, Simon Keenlyside was so perfect as Prespero, I couldn't believe it when he told Voight that before each performance he actually had the remarkable body art done by a makeup artist. They showed a brief clip of this actual process. I thought Keenlyside was just magic and such an incredible voice. All the performers had perfect voices for their parts, Miranda was so beautiful with a voice to match, and Ariel peformed an almost impossible vocal part with such ease. I could go on forever, but won't. Just if you have a chance to see it, please attend.
Written November 12, 2012
The music is incredibly moving, the cast is fabulous, the adaptation of the play is superb, and the stage production is wonderful. The performance was so evocative that it haunted me the next day. If you like opera, you will probably love this. I also love the intermission interviews with the stars--Debra Voight did the interviews for this performance.
Written August 27, 2014
Had I known this was a "modern" opera I would not have wanted to see it...and I would have missed an extraordinary experience. What a masterpiece!
I think, though, that the HD screen version is the only way to get it all: The intimate relationship with the characters, the incredible poetry of the libretto, the ingenuity of the costumes, the direct emotional bite of the action, even an appreciation of the backstage operations.
There ought to be another category for this work of art; "opera" in the traditional sense it is not. I know of no other opera that delivers such an immediate, gorgeous, compelling and rewarding experience.
Written December 12, 2012
In the many years that I have been going to the Met (both live in NY and HD in theaters), this was one of the finest productions in every aspect that I have ever witnessed. I think it is destined to become one of the greatest of contemporary operas. The cast, especially Simon Keenlyside, from top to bottom was first rate, and the production brilliant.