This production was THE BEST performance of Die Walkuere I have ever seen, and I have seen many.
This all-star dream cast could not have been better, and given his current medical problems, who knows when we will hear the Met Orchestra conducted by Maestro James Levine again? Bryn Terfel and Deborah Voigt looking svelt and sexy after her massive weight loss headed the cast. The stage direction starred equally with the voices. Wagner has long orchestral passages with no singing in this work. His vision was Music-Drama. The direction by Robert Lepage created truly excellent drama. He inspired his performers to give gripping dramatic performances. Their concentration when NOT singing was as gripping as their singing. Eva-Maria Westerbroek and Jonas Kauffmann sang their hearts out and their sexy love scene burned up the screen. The theater where I saw this burst out in spontaneous cheers and applause at the end of the first act. Hans-Peter Koenig as Hunding and Stephanie Blythe were great!
Even if you think that you don't like opera, these broadcasts are over-the-top entertaining. This
production of Trovatore is the best I could ever imagine. Lust, murder, infantacide, gypsies, unrequited love, duels,and the best music and the best singing one could ever imagine. Nothing can match this in modern cinema. The principal singers are unbelievable, and the production itself with its rotating stage makes this complicated story completely comprehensible and fast-paced. The care taken with the fight sequences are a particularly clear indication of the extraordinary care taken with this productin. Go and see it!
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