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 April 21, 2015
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 July 30, 2015
How can you go wrong--sublime Verdi music plus fabulous singers, who are also wonderful actors. In particular Sondra Radvanovsky. I have never seen such emoting and such passion. She makes Amelia seem so real. Her voice is exquisite. And then there is the incomparable Dimitri Hvorostovsky--just the expressions on his face alone can convey everything he is feeling and, in turn, makes you feel. He give such a powerful performance.
One reviewer criticized Stephanie Blythe's weight. What? Even if you are thinking it, don't say it. Such opinions should be kept to oneself. This is her body--her business.
I had never seen this opera and was only vaguely familiar with the music. It was such an intense and moving experience--I was crying at the end. (Some of those tears was sadness that it was over).
This is my third HD opera this season. I am loving each one This is by far the best season yet.
Kudos to Peter Gelb--and please keep them coming..
Written August 02, 2015
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.
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.