I saw/heard the HD broadcast last Saturday. I'm no expert (and I may be glad of that since "expert-ness" seems too often to produce cynicism in many), but to my experienced-enough and appreciative eyes/ears, I found this production to be....in a word....brilliant
. I admit that baroque has a special place in my heart (and always has), so for me the music was divine. Beyond that, the singing and acting was on as high a rung as anyone could possibly want. The spectacle was perhaps the best of all: the costumes, the 18th century sets combined with modern video and lighting, the colors, the fantasy-for-grown-ups quality was a treat and a revelation.
I suspect that some might complain about the plot and characters that smash together Shakespeare's "The Tempest' and "Midsummer's Night Dream", but I cared about these characters, and found myself in tears more than once during this nearly 4 hours of beauty (Pisaroni's Caliban touched me deeply in the scene where he discovers that (paraphrased) "a heart that loves, will
And perhaps what I enjoyed most of all was the humor. Modern, tongue-in-cheek humor, poking fun at our "elite" tastes, and our 21th century concerns. My favorite moment in the entire production was a humorous one when Lysander and Miranda, two characters from two different Shakespearean plays, meet for the first time (an historical first, I imagine
), and sing a duet where they delight in the discovery that their names rhyme!