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Wagner's Dream

By mimimom
Written May 10, 2012
I saw all four of the new Ring Cycle during the MetOpera Live in HD season and loved each of them. Even so, it took this documentary about the creation of "The Machine" and building the magnificent productions for me to more fully appreciate the genius of Robert LePage, the courage and vision of Peter Gelb, and the bravery of the cast members of each of the four operas, over and above their respective artistries. Following the creation of the Machine from the first models to opening night of Das Rheingold and beyond, the Machine itself became important enough to me that watching the Encore! performance of Das Rheingold last night, the Machine became almost alive and an integral part of the production's "family." The creators and the operators alike deserve standing ovations, and my hearty thanks to the producers of this documentary for helping me understand what a marvel the Machine is!
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Wagner's Dream

By kidschelin
Written May 08, 2012
Very interesting "making of" documentary of how the Mets new Ring cycle production was put together, with special emphasis on its fantastic scenery machine. Also contains several very interesting interviews with some of the principles Highly recommended, especally if you intend to attend the four operas.
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vanity piece on Peter gelb

By FSabadie
Written May 08, 2012
nowhere near as good as The Audition - the music was the best part - very disjointed - jumped around a lot - the most fun thing apart from that was the clip from the Wagner Society event which i attended and where Robert Lepage was much more informative, inspiring and convincing far too much emphasis on Peter Gelb as the savior of the Met - the Donald Trump of Opera, one might say stick with the operas and go to the encores - in Live in HD
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Fabulous!

By thebfm
Written May 08, 2012
Movie was fascinating. Not only was it interesting to see how the "machine" was built and used for the Ring Cycle, but it was inspiring to see how the Met rose above all the setbacks they experienced (and there were plenty) to still succeed in staging this masterpiece.
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The joy of creating something timeless

By losprados901
Written May 08, 2012
Pity the "Ring." Most people have no trouble with mega-buck price-tags for a van Gogh or Munch's "Scream." We "get" the tortured emotions and respect the artist's attempt to plumb their depths with paint. Only a relative few have the same respect or even love for the water nymphs, horn-helmeted Valkyries and rushing harmonics of Wagner's Ring opera cycle. Most see only the cliched images of century-old productions and the quaint silliness of thousand-year-old Norse myths. Wagner's Dream depicts the Met's attempt to add the production sensibilities of Cirque du Soleil - hypnotic movements of people, objects and projected images - to create a truly new Ring cycle. Whether you care whether a fig for Norse myths, you will cry with joy as these present-day heroes - designers, singers, managers, musicians, and yes! even carpenters -- join to add their own levels of greatness to this classic work of performance art. A good introduction to the Ring but a great, moving story on its own- Go!
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