johnleiser

Gotterdammerung@ The Met

In Opera, Uncategorized on April 28, 2009 at 7:14 pm

This was a fitting good bye to the Schenk production. Some great singing and acting by new to The Met, Christian Franz as Siegfried and Katarina Dalayman as Brunnhilde and pillars of past productions;John Tomlinson as Hagen, Richard Paul Fink in a terrific Albrerich. Wagner uses some of the Italian devices that he scorned, the chorus jumps to mind, maybe to come down to earth for us as the scenes come from under the river and in caves to the world that men live in complete with grass and sunshine .  The  story is why we call soap operas just that!

The Met Orchestra gets a giant, no pun, hand before each act, and after. They have become the peak to aspire to in The Ring performances. After all the hand wringing about this being a great production, and it is, twenty years is a long time . Let’s see the new Lapage sets before we think it’s the end of the world, no pun here either. New interpretation is what keeps Opera vital and alive as a contemporary art form. New people and new ideas and new audiences will keep The Ring going for another 150 years.

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