Monday, September 27, 2010
The Metropolian Opera's New Ring Cycle is Coming to your Movie Theater
New York's Metropolitan Opera is one of the most famous cultural institution in the world, and the largest opera company anywhere.. And very expensive. Until now, a decent seat at the Opera would run over $300.00 in a non nose-bleed section.
The Met has a program, called The Met: Live in HD which brings a whole schedule of live performances to theaters in 49 countries, and in every major city in North America. Tickets in the United States are in the $20 - $25.00 range.
On October 9, the first Opera in Richard Wagner's epic 4-part Ring Cycle, Das Rheingold (The Rhine Gold) will be broadcast live from the Met. The production is brand new, with a bit of a Sci - Fi / fantasy feel. I am showing some pictures.
This opera is all about giants, gods, dwarfs, and gold, greed, and envy. This is the shortest Ring Opera and only lasts about 3 hours without a break. The music is the easiest of Wagner's to get into, and describes rivers, thunderstorms, castles, and giants and tells a story on its own, in addition to the great singling. Worth going to.