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.
Written October 22, 2014
The staging was spectacular and the acting was first rate; worthy of a Shakespeare play. The music was okay but not memorable and lacking in impact. The book (i.e. the lyrics and spoken words) was very poor and took away from the impact of the overall performance. All in all it was an enjoyable performance but not one that I would recommend to others or rush to see again.
Written August 23, 2014
Brilliant, beautiful, a bit eccentric production of "The Tempest," adapted from Shakespeare's play (not an easy job!) -- excellent singing (though Ariel's highest notes were a bit hard on the ears at times -- not off-key, just extremely high in the soprano range) and acting throughout. Imaginative costumes, especially for Ariel, Prospero, and Caliban. I would encourage people who didn't see the "live" showing to see the encore showing, whenever that is going to run.
Written November 11, 2012
The Tempest was magnificent. This new production was at first not easy to like. There are few melodies and no easy refrains. However, it draws you in with outstanding performances, haunting music and a great story. I loved it. Seeing it on the screen instead of live had advantages including backstage interviews and views of scenery changes. It was also nice to casually have a little snack and drink a bottle of water at your seat. I'm looking forward to the rest of the Met Opera series.