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Thrilling

By goodmansd
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.
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Metropolitan Opera HD "The Tempest"

By susannah49
Written November 12, 2012
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.
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A Sensational Surprise

By bobbylein
Written November 11, 2012
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.
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The Tempest

By hilda09
Written November 11, 2012
At first I thought I wouldn't like it, especially the high screeching singing of Ariel. Then I got into it and ended up loving it.
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The Tempest

By Steve Sharp
Written November 16, 2012
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.
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