Perhaps the best Met HD presentation of a stellar season. Fantastic cast, compelling production,
some of composer Wagner's most beautiful music, and a great host in Eric Owens, all add up to the perfect storm in a positive sense. This six hour marathon seemed all too brief as what unfolded to be one of the finest operas in memory.
The Mets new production of Die Walkure is outstanding. My jury is still out on the "machine" in
the new production, but the music of the opera would play well regardless of the setting. The cast for this production included many of the finest Wagnerians working today...or anytime. Bryn Terfel and Deborah Voight staged a poignant father-daughter scene in Act III, while Jonas Kaufmann and Eva Maria Westbroek as the incentuous twins were compelling and vocally outstanding. Stephanie Blythe and Hans-Peter Konig were likewise outstanding in supporting roles.
In my opinion this is the best of the four Ring operas for its non-stop "drop dead" beautiful music, and when the Met does it, well nothing more need be said. If you are an opera lover this is a must see.
This is a tough opera to simply rate. Suffice it to say if one likes opera then he/she should go
see this production. Huge cast, but Rene Pape as Boris especially was superb. His final monologue in the third act particular moved me.
I think conductor, Valerie Gergiev, expecially deserves kudos because more than any other person he is responsible for making Russian opera known to the world at large. It is a rich treasure and deserving of the attention it has received in recent years in the United States.
This Met production is a worthy entree.
The Met just gets better and better, and with its Live in HD series is indeed our national opera
house. Saturday's 2010 debut with Das Rheingold was superb with an innovative set that put a 21st century label on this 19th century opera, and a top notch cast to bring it to life. Bryn Terfel was excellent in his first go at Wotan, and Eric Owens as Alberich carried the show. The satellite transmission was excellent throughout Altogether a spendid show that will keep me rreturning.
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