Written December 09, 2012
David Alden's resetting of this new production to late 1920's Stockholm, with marvelously creative sets by Steinberg and gorgeous costumes by Reiffenstuel, works beautifully, as did the very inventive staging - - BRAV-O !!! Vocally, for me, Radvanovsky was the clear stand-out; the many colors, nuances and excellent control over her instrument, as well as appropriate and attentive acting of the role, only served to present a stirring, fine Amelia. Alvarez was, in my opinion, a rather studied and lack-luster Gustavo ... pleasant enough to listen to, but not very "natural" or gifted an actor, and noticeably short on vocal shadings. Hvorostovsky was, well, HVOROSTOVSKY - - very Russian, with his typical macho depth and swagger, but you've gotta love the power and breadth with which he performs: it's as if he utilizes the cavity of his entire body, all the way into his fingers and toes, to produce such expansive sound ! Blythe's instrument was rich and round as ever.
Written December 10, 2012
If you like opera and can't make it to Metropolitan - it's definitely a wonderful; experience.
The opera is very good, not as "heavy" as other Verdy. The cast is amazing. You should go.
Written August 21, 2014
A great opera with a wonderful cast. Unfortunately, it had a director who seemed more interested in calling attention to himself than in letting the opera and cast do their thing. The first two acts were distracting because of what the director made the cast do. The last two acts, however were riveting; the splendor of the cast and the opera itself took over and it was a very moving and wonderful experience. The movie direction, as always with the Met HD productions, was excellent.
Written July 28, 2014
The singing was good, the direction was ludicrous. This is exactly what keeps opera goers away. Amalia going to the gallows hill (which has a shiny, alabaster-type of ground with a small herb on it) in a fancy dress with all her jewelry on; Oscar, who should be a teenager with that voice having a mustache and beard; (and if he is a grown-up, why the soprano voice???); the conspirator openly defacing Gustavo's picture in front of Oscar, who is wearing wings off-and-on; What kind of insane asylum was it? and we were, watching it?
I definitely will put the director on the never again watch list.
Written September 19, 2014
SAT.DEC 8TH TOOK A FREIND TO SEE VERDI'S BALLO IN MASCHERA AT BROADWAY 13TH STREET JUST OFF UNION SQUARE. BEAUTIFUL MUSIC SPOILT BY MUCH TOO HIGH VOLUME....MANY PEOPLE WERE COMPLAINING. THE VOLUME WAS SO HIGH THAT THE VOICES WERE DISTORTED. A NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN THE AUDIENCE WERE SO UPSET THEY WENT OUT TO COMPLAIN. THE USHERS, WHO SAID THERE WAS NOTHING THEY COULD DO ABOUT IT. .OUT OF THEIR CONTROL.
I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHO IS IN CONTROL OF THE VOLUME IN THE HD MOVIES,
WHO TO TALK TO ABOUT THE VOLUME? AFTER ALL WE PAY EXTRA TO HEAR THE OPERA IN HD, SO IT WAS VERY UPSETTING TO HAVE THE BEAUTIFUL VOICES RUINED.
WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT THE VOLUME? WANT TO COME BACK NEXT WEEK