Written June 26, 2016
Having seen M. Le Page's production of "The Damnation of Faust", I was not expecting much. I even speculated that it could be worse then the execrable Chereau Ring. I was delighted with this production - combining a traditional setting and costumes with a visual feast of spectacular effects. Don't miss it!
Written May 04, 2015
Instead of 4 scenes and 3 intermissions, the opera ran continuously start to finish, adding another whole dimension to the term "through-composed." Bravo!
Written June 28, 2016
As ever, the Met offered a fine HD experience. The picture and sound were better that being at Lincoln Center. There were more wide shots, and the picture was brighter than in previous seasons. We were MOST grateful that we could be seated immediately and didn't have to wait in line for an hour or more. Now if we only had reserved seating....
Thanks to the Hollywood 20, Fandango, and the Met sponsors for a fine experience.
Written October 10, 2010
The Robert LePage set is the centerpiece of this Das Rheingold, but there's a lot to hear as well as watch. Pity the poor singers - all they had to do before now was act, sing, and speak languages... as of this production they will all be expected to be Cirque de Soleil performers as well!
The best singing was from Richard Croft as Loge (who also makes most of his entrances and exists walking backwards in space rigged to the set) and Eric Owens as Alberich, who gives Bryn Terfel a run for his notes!
Definitely worth the ticket and trip to any theater that's showing it.
Written October 11, 2010
Marvelous voices, incomparable acting, the best opera orchestra in the world, all under the masterful direction of Maestro Levine made for a memorable event. The mechanized set worked surprisingly well and added to the mysticism of the piece. Can't wait for the rest of the Ring.