Written April 07, 2008
WHAT A WONDERFUL WAY OF INTRODUCING OPERA TO A YOUNG AUDIENCE. LA BOHEME HAS EVERYTHING, BEAUTIFUL MUSIC, DRAMA. COMEDY AND A DANCING BEAR - LOVED THE BEAR! THE THEATER, ALTHOUGH COMFORTABLE WAS TOO SMALL TO ACCOMMODATE THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO CAME TO SEE IT IN PHILADELPHIA ON APRIL 5TH.CONGRADULATIONS FOR PROVIDING A FINE ARTS VENUE AND AN ALTERNATIVE TO THE BLOODY MINDLESS BOX OFFICE FAVORITES . I AM SURE THIS WILL BE A GROWING TREND FOR THE PUBLIC.
Written March 30, 2008
Fabulous. We - all six of us - enjoyed it tremendously. The singing was superb and the orchestra was it usual splendid . some of us had not enjoyed this oper before but seeing it in film made a difference. By focussing on the images the music which is polytonal became subliminal to the ear became easier to listen to. As a result we are still humming refrains from it.
Written April 01, 2008
Despite its slow tempo and length, it was worth seeing the production as well as listening to the music. Visually the set was very stimulating - the ship abstraction was particularly interesting. Aside from their very accomplished voices, the two female leads are quite beautiful women - and their faciial attractiveness was greatly enhanced by the simplicity of their costumes - great fabrics!
King Mark really looked and sounded like a kindly King; in other versions of the Tristan & Isolde legend, King Mark is not a "nice Man".
HDTV has made opera accessible to me and getting to see Tristan & Isolde for the first time was a fine experience.
Written March 29, 2008
Excellent production. We enjoy seeing opera in this format. We had seen the same production live at the Met and it was very to watch the set for five hours. With all the close up shot and the split screen picture, it was very enjoyable. This is the way to see Grand Opera.
Written April 01, 2008
I found the singing to be excellent and the staging simple but effective. What ruined an otherwise very good peroformance was the intrusive use of split screens. The camera directror obviously knew nothing about opera performance. In giving the option of full screen she never noticed that, at its best, the " full screen" never occupied more than 1/3 of the screeen. The most egregious insult occurred during the Luiebestod, one of the sublime mioments in opers. That moment belongs to Isolde and Wagner. The stage director rightly let Miss Voight convery the emotions, which she did brilliantly. I had to close my eyes to avoid the trashing of the moment by a button happy camera jockey. If this use of ignorant camera work continues, I shall never bother with HD Opera on the big screen, but shall shall enjoy the performance at home on the radio. If the camera director wants to learn how to cover an opera for HD TV, let her look to the camera work in last season's I Puritani.