Written December 02, 2016
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.
Written February 14, 2016
The "Tempest" was one of Shakespeare's most complex plays. The context of the play is the perception of the "New World" by Europe and England. The "New World" was a place of mystery, strange animals and plants,"noble natives", geography, and climates to Europeans. Shakespeare creates a mysterious and magical island of the "New World". From this context he creates a complex play with drama and humor, with love and revenge, and with slavery and freedom.
The "Tempest" the opera is a great opera containing many of Shakespeare's play, but the opera emphasizes some of the elements of the play and changes some of the actions. I like the opera for creating clearer images and outcomes than the play.
The opera the "Tempest " is a fine opera. Prospero was a great actor and singer in this latest production by the Met!
Written March 29, 2017
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 June 29, 2016
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
Written April 23, 2017
Beautiful, creative production, interesting staging, and fine voices. NOT enjoyable music ! Wouldn't go see it again in the future and wouldn't buy a CD or DVD of this one, for sure !