This was an experience that is hard to explain. The orchestral score was overwhelming and the
singing superb! I thought the staging missed the mark entirely particularly in the third act.
Truly a moving musical experience! Having seen countless live operas and numerous TV and movie
operas, this was my first Wagner opera. Quite unlike any opera I have seen. I expected to get tired during such a long performance but quite the opposite was the case. The emotional experience left me drained, but not the long time in the seats.
All of the principals had magnificent voices, and excellent diction. The acting was uniformly high quality with only Hunding a bit wooden and not as forboding as he should have been. I believe the cinematography is the weakest point in the HD operas. There are FAR too many full screen closeups of the singers.
This opera is for experienced opera viewers and music lovers.
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