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It is very effective and helps center the story in this real human struggle.
I did so because the performances, singing and acting, as well as the staging are excellent, and they do draw one into the story.
Fleming has a great voice, and she has the florid technique to command the bravura passages of the role.
I saw this opera last summer in the Metropolitan Opera opera-in-theaters program and just loved it so much. Read morePublished 6 months ago by A. Pat Malcolm
This is the first of the Met In HD series that I ever saw. I saw it as an encore in the theater and also on DVD at home. It is stunning in both sound and visually. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Ernest Boehm
It is hard to envision Renee Flemimg as a Demon, but she sings and acts out the dual face she obsessively must live in to perfection. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Daniel G. Madigan
I'll begin by saying that I do not consider this work to be one of Rossini's greatest operas. The music is beautiful, but the story seems to be miscellaneous scenes strung... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Hugh M. South
Rossini's Armida is based on a Renaissance fantasy about the First Crusade. Rossini's librettist clearly cared a great deal about the underlying theme of honor versus love. Read morePublished on September 23, 2012 by amateur historian
One of my all-time favorite performances. Beautiful music. Only thing I could ask for is a larger screen to watch it on.Published on August 10, 2012 by Lisle H
The real issue in this opera is the struggle between love and revenge. The love part is easy to understand. The revenge is a combination of hate, jealousy and honor. Read morePublished on January 10, 2012 by A. Lupu
Lots and lots of beautiful music, as other reviewers describe in detail. Some also describe Mary Zimmerman's poor staging, but I was so disgusted I had to issue a warning:... Read morePublished on November 13, 2011 by Raymond B. Brown
I am not a Rossini expert, but I enjoy opera and I enjoyed this performance. Renee Fleming did not just stand and sing, but fully engaged in the character. Read morePublished on October 2, 2011 by David Smith