Written January 28, 2015
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.
Written December 21, 2014
The Met is continuing to improve on its casting and productions. Everyone seemed to enjoy this production. Changing the era worked very nicely; acting and singing great.
The theater was a bit chilly. The person in charge was very nice and helpful to all.
Written January 27, 2015
I am a regular opera-goer, long-time holder of a subscription at the Met. Their new production of Ballo is wonderful, the cast could not have been better. While I don't always enjoy updated operas, this production proved to be beyond expectation and totally relavant. The direction and set design were amazing and enhanced Verdi's gorgeous score. However, there was a techinical glitch with the sound the last 5 or so minutes of the first act and through the intermission interviews which I really wanted to hear. It was playing in another theatre in the same venue which did not have the problem so it was obviously not the feed. That was the only disappointment of the afternoon.
Written July 29, 2014
Just amazing! I have seen other productions. I know this was controversial but the singing was beyond compare and is worth it, despite what you might think of the staging. (No one booed in the theatre).
Written December 29, 2014
Great cast/chemistry. Wonderful example of simultaneous ensemble singing. Amasing set design and coreography.
Although it gets "dark" -- doesn't all Verdi -- something yougsters could enjoy.