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Das Rheingold on the Plaza


The new Metropolitan Opera season opened tonight with a new production of Richard Wagner’s Das Rheingold. The performance was broadcast on the rainy plaza at Lincoln Center and also at Times Square.

Although 3,000 tickets were available for the outdoor seating at Lincoln Center, attendance was no doubt depressed by the inclement weather, which ranged from pouring to lightly drizzling. The rain stopped entirely at around the time Donner drove his hammer into the stage, near the end of the 2½-hour plus performance.

I’ll leave reviews for another day, but a few grainy cell phone photos follow.

Reader Comments (1)

Thanks for sharing these pics on/and your blog, Marc! I wish I could've been there - would gladly have braved the rain w/you!

Like you, I didn't mind Terfel and think he will grow into the role as the Ring progresses. (I thought he sounded beautiful at the end). His is a different voice that I think many thought "might" be perfect for Wotan, but many of these same folk like the "dark" sound that most Wotans bring. Terfel's sound is very bright (even when pushing, and actually more noticeable when so doing).

Best regards,

September 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersharky/paolo/paul - Opera-L

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