Hey, NY Met Opera, Bayreuth is ROFLTAO

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by joebryant, Oct 9, 2010.

  1. joebryant

    joebryant Overrun With Chickens

    I just now got home after enduring THREE hours of Das Rheingold with NO intermission that was broadcast all over the world, including to Bayreuth, Germany.
    First, who was that guy who said that he'd seen the previews and believed the Met would outdo the 1976 "standard for all future productions" of the Patrice Chéreau/Pierre Boulez Ring Cycle at Bayreuth (bye-roit), Germany and/or Bayreuth's new 2006 Ring cycle by Dorst. If anyone's thinking that it was Joe Bryant, don't answer that question.
    Second, what was the Met thinking during the five years they were spending those millions of dollars to build that 45-ton MACHINE (literally) that was THE set.
    Third, could the planners have come up with anything more distracting than the machines dozens of long, 18-inch-wide, steel panels constantly revolving while there was evident performers' fear of falling on/off those panels while sitting, sliding down, trying to walk up them. All those distractions were going on along with Wotan's pasted-down hair always hanging down covering his bad eye. One wanted to tell him to keep his hair from hanging over his face. Get a patch for Pete's sake.
    Fourth, who gave somebody poetic license to rewrite the original lyrics/libretto, especially to do it so poorly.
    I did enjoy the finale's last ten minutes when all the gods were preparing to and marched over the bridge to enter Walhalla. That was really something to see. Before leaving the theater, I was talking to Jackson Wiley, a retired symphony conductor, and he told me that on the opening night, the machine broke down just before the finale, and the entire cast of gods had to walk off the stage instead of crossing the bridge.
    They're going to use that same machine "set" when they do the second part, an opera that I love, Die Walkure in May, 2011. I'll get up and leave if it's as contrived, distracting, and no better overall than what I sat through/witnessed today.
    All this during a week when I'm on medicine that disallows my drinking my martini; think I'll just have dt's instead. Poor Joe (PITY)
  2. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
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  3. sfw2

    sfw2 Global Menace

    Wow, Joe! Forget the martini - sounds like some dramamine might have been more useful!
  4. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    sorry you were disappointed. [​IMG]

    How are the reviews?

    Imp- Told you "Come to Seattle" [​IMG]
  5. joebryant

    joebryant Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:I'm betting 10-1 that the critics peed all over themselves writing about how wonderful it was; that's what they did with last year's grossly-exaggerated-everything production of Hansel und Gretel. When the bridge to Walhalla scene ended, and the curtain came down, the audience went crazy. You'd've thought a marvel had taken place. Sometimes I think the NY crowd is NUTS. You're right... I should have gone to Seattle.
    ETA Hmmm! Several critics did pan it. http://www.theoperacritic.com/reviewsa.php?schedid=metrheing0910
    Reviews of Das Rheingold by Metropolitan Opera
    Dallas Morning News
    The Met's clunky, cold 'Das Rheingold' opens modern staging of Wagner's 'Ring' Cycle
    8 Oct 10
    The Hollywood Reporter
    Technical wizardry and stirring musical performances enliven this first installment of the Met's new "Ring" cycle
    6 Oct 10
    Culture Kiosque
    A night (really) at the opera
    4 Oct 10
    The Gazette
    Robert Lepage's visuals for Das Rheingold did not exactly sing
    3 Oct 10
    Twilight of the snobs
    2 Oct 10
    New York Times
    The Gods get their bridge at ‘Rheingold’
    2 Oct 10
    New York Magazine
    The Met’s high-tech “Ring” debuts, with pivoting planks (and a couple of clanks)
    2 Oct 10
    Opera Britannia
    The initial impression of the evening was that safe was not better than sorry
    30 Sep 10
    Die Presse
    Beifall trotz Panne bei "Rheingold"-Premiere an der Met
    30 Sep 10
    Le Monde
    Fausse note du décor high tech au Metropolitan Opera de New York
    30 Sep 10
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    And THIS, believe it or not, is the "bridge". As with all other scenes and characters, using cables and straps attached to them, all the gods walked UP that colored platform and into Walhalla as/after it rotated and leveled off. It really was neat. [​IMG]
    This critic said it all so well: http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcon...ingold_1007gd.ART.State.Edition1.336bc13.html
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2010
  6. joebryant

    joebryant Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:Dramamine eh?
    I'll remember that the next time.
  7. wildeflowers

    wildeflowers I suspect fowl play!

    Jun 29, 2010
    They rewrote the libretto? [​IMG]
  8. joebryant

    joebryant Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:Yes, and not for the better. It was stilted at best.
  9. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    You are way beyond me when it comes to opera, but sounds like the critic Scott Cantrell pretty much agreed with you.


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