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.