Written November 30, 2015
On my wife's birthday, my wife left her office early with great anticipation of seeing the Met and Tosca. We arrived early to get a good seat. We were surprised to find out that AMC had listed the Show time at 6 PM and our ticket said 6:30.
Once inside the theater we we informed that there were technical difficulties and were not able to see the opera and asks to leave. Of course they said the were "sorry" refund our money and gave us two free tickets.
What was curious was the opera was running in the other theater just fine. But the theater was sold out.
My wife will never have a 55th birthday again. And will probably pass on using your service again.
I am very very unhappy.
Written November 14, 2013
Staging and choreography very strange. The setting for all 3 acts is too dark. Act One bears hardly any resemblance to the interior of a church. Act Two shows Scarpia's office as implausibly dark. The opening scene showing Scarpia surrounded by prostitutes is a gratuitous invention. After Scarpia's murder, the act ends with a distraught Tosca sprawled on a love-seat; the authentic tradition should have her quickly leaving the scene after placing candles around Scarpia's body. Act Three is pitch dark throughout, showing nothing of the traditional scenic background which should include the dome of St. Peter's Basilica. Cavaradossi playing chess with the jailer is, again, gratuitous. After emitting her final dramatic line "avanti a Dio", Tosca takes forever to position herself before jumping. -- As to singing: Tosca starts well but weakens throughout; often tremulous. Scarpia is overacted, almost comically at points. Alagna's brilliant Cavaradossi largely compensates.
Written November 30, 2015
I thought it was very well done and enjoyed. I am new to th e opera so its difficult for me to judge but I liked it very much.
Written March 31, 2015
outstanding performances in the leading roles of Tosca, Mario, and Scarpio . I was riveted to the screen yet felt as if I was at the Met.. What a wonderful opportunity to enjoy opera and be mesmerized for a few hours.
Written July 06, 2015
This was a good production, not a great one. My comments are directed toward the theater at Roseville. First, the production was 45 minutes late in starting, with no explanation given. When it did "start" we sat through another 30 minutes of commercials, many repetitive. Third, the screen aspect was wrong: a box instead of wide screen. Fourth, just as Tosca discovers that Mario is dead the screen went completely blank and remained so for the next 30 to 45 seconds. The Roseville theater consistently has problems showing these broadcasts; I'm looking for another venue for the remaining met HD broadcasts. The Met broadcasts are consistently top quality productions, but Roseville is not the place to see them.