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 October 26, 2014
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!!
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 November 26, 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 December 18, 2014
I loved this performance from the Metropolitan Opera! The singers were outstanding, truly thrilling. The house was packed. I had seen Ballo live at the Met and enjoyed the HD. Some critics and viewers did not like the new production but I found it interesting. I hope to see the HD encore in January.