Written July 26, 2016
This was the 4th performance of Un Ballo in Maschera that I've seen, and it was by far the best sung. My only disappointment was in the sound quality, especially in the first act. Other Live in HD performances that I've attended have made me feel as if I'm really at a live performance, but this one sounded more like a recording. The problem wasn't the theater where I saw the opera: that became clear during the first intermission. The sound when Joyce Di Donato was rehearsing Maria Stuarda was breathtakingly good. It was what I had hoped for (and expected) in Ballo, but something in Ballo wasn't right: perhaps the microphones were poorly placed in the opera house but not in the rehearsal room? The sound seemed to improve in the 3rd act, but perhaps I was just used to it by then, I'm not sure. Had this been my first Live in HD performance, I'm not sure I'd have attended a second one.
Written May 24, 2016
If you love opera, go to see it. If you don't love opera, go to see it. Nowadays, with subtitles, you follow every plot twist. Also, nowadays, the singers are not only fabulous singers, but are excellent actors and physically attractive. Verdi's music is amazing.
Written July 27, 2016
Some very beautiful singing; however, a bit too heavy and not very good diction. Could hardly tell it was in Italian. New production very stark and rather cold to me. Prefer the traditional.
Written July 29, 2016
I really enjoyed this opera; it had a stellar cast. i particularly enjoyed Ms Radvanovsky and Mr. Hvorostovsky. The story line is complex but I enjoyed the tragedy.
Written November 27, 2015
Spectacular show. Staging, lighting, vocals and the orchestration was spot on and totally enjoyable. During intermissions, the interviews and behind the scenes look at the stage changes are quite enjoyable. I especially enjoyed the live aria in the practice studio with ms. donatto rehearsing Maria Suarta. Thanks!!