Written April 25, 2017
Sheer genius in every way: music, singing, acting, production, orchestra in control of conductor. Phenomenal work of art. "Out of planet" experience.
Written January 24, 2017
It was great to see this exciting new opera on the MET stage. Singing was agile and met the demands of difficult score. Libretto was amazing – kind of Wagnerian stabrime with short phrases and some rhyme which allowed clear enunciation of the feelings and story. Staging varied from exhilarating effects to pedestrian and crowded blocking. (Lepage just doesn’t work well with actors.) Biggest gripe is the sound where I saw the show, at MAzza Gallerie in Washington DC. Often too loud, and not kind to orchestra.
Written June 26, 2016
This was really amazing opera.It had beautiful music, cool effects, and it was in English! This was the first opera I've seen in my native tongue. Will go again.
Written February 21, 2017
Outstanding production, incredible voices, masterful acting, famous Shakespearean story. So what could be wrong? As a modern composition, there isn't a traditional melody to be found here. The skills to sing and play this kind of dissonance are on full display, but we had to leave after Act 2. At least we left on a high note in that the second act closed with an aria between the star-crossed lovers and it was beautiful. I'll see any production with Simon Keenlyside performing in it. He's a fine baritone in voice, stature and range.
Written October 28, 2016
The performers are outstanding and gorgeous to look at. The staging is inventive, especially the opening Shipwreck. Definitely worth seeing but also definitely not for lovers of Shakespeare, whose language has been transformed into simple rhyme with a total loss of its poetry. The Music is powerful in the action pieces but has no romantic resonance.