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MetHD-THE TEMPEST

By hlsjlp
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.
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THE TEMPEST

By disbro101
Written November 11, 2012
A great new production from the Met, superbly directed, sung, staged. The music is modern but very beautiful and suited to the subject of Shakespeare's play. The libretto, compared to Shakespeare, was jingly and simpleminded--not successful in my opinion. The Regal Carousel theater where I saw it has a superior sound system to two other theaters I have viewed Met HD in, one in Dewitt, one in NYC (the Ziegfeld).
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First Opera ever!!

By ben_elkins
Written November 11, 2012
This was the first Opera in this setting I've seen and I highly rate this experience. It was so insightful and I left with such an understanding of the work. I cannot wait to experience another Opera in this format!! - Ben
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Worth seeing!

By Mirta_
Written November 12, 2012
I'm a Rossini, Verdi, Mozart person who avoids new music. Yet the NYT's review was enthusiastic. So, I considered that I do like the Tempest, incl variations from Enchanted Isand to Prospero's Books. And there were all those chest tatoos (though in the event, their promise of edgy-ness wasn't quite fulfulled). So I went. This was a largely traditional reading, if with a 21c slant, eg Miranda & Ferdinand just decide they'll get married (or mebbe are married), without staying for Prospero's permission. I was struck during intermission interviews that several singers said how hard the music was, though it'd take someone more knowledgeable than I actually to hear this. What held me was the production, eg, the nifty way characters entered & exited. AND ARIEL - stunning, lots of gymnastic & sinuous things going on, plus extraordinary singing: high-pitched, metalic, non-human, delicate, recognizably coloratura. I will long rememember Ariel. Go for Ariel if nothing else.
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The Tempest

By skiddles
Written November 13, 2012
We enjoyed the production; as always at the Met the performances were excellent. We enjoyed not having any loud noise from the adjacent theaters. Thank you!
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