Written January 29, 2015
I must admit that I normally don't go flocking to a modern opera. But I went to see the Metropolitan Opera's simulcast of the Tempest and, boy, I'm glad I did. It is absolutely fabulous!!! The music snuggled itself around the story and characters and Shakespeare's verse - beautifully - it was there, nurturing, supporting, and playing its proper role. The performers were spectacular, bringing out their music and their characters. The staging, the stage, the custumes were superior. And - did I mention Shakespeare? His story and verse was beautifully presented even after the necessary changes to produce the libretto from the original text. Finally, the overall broadcast, bringing in the background, the interviews with the performers, and the peak backstage at how it all is put together: Over-the-top cool!! This one not to be missed.
Written October 13, 2015
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 !
Written April 27, 2015
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 July 04, 2015
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 October 10, 2015
This version of the Tempest by the modern opera composer, Thomas Ades is wonderful. The music fits the emotions and the libretto makes clear the essential story. The staging is very good, the singing is very good. What more can you ask.