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    I don't know how many here are following the Met's daily streaming of opera into our homes while the house is closed down, but I'm immensely grateful for it. I've just watched a thrilling performance of the first act of Die Walkure and plan to watch an opera a day for as long as this goes on.

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    Wake me up when Parsifal is on.

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    I watched it as well - recalled when I attended the Met last year for Walkure with the same production, which was my first Ring live performance

    And since Chicago cancelled its cycle I won’t be seeing another this year I’m sure

    Nice of the Met to do this
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    And of course my avatar is from the Met’s Parsifal production - my first Wagner live performance
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    Watched that Parsifal DVD last year on Good Friday and it was a wonderful experience. It never felt too long, and I loved the staging.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodduck View Post
    I don't know how many here are following the Met's daily streaming of opera into our homes while the house is closed down, but I'm immensely grateful for it. I've just watched a thrilling performance of the first act of Die Walkure and plan to watch an opera a day for as long as this goes on.
    I agree with the first act which is all that I watched. I notice that you didn't comment on acts 2 & 3...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Becca View Post
    I agree with the first act which is all that I watched. I notice that you didn't comment on acts 2 & 3...
    I've just finished act 2. The less of Jonas Kaufmann and the more of Deborah Voigt, the less thrilling it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodduck View Post
    I've just finished act 2. The less of Jonas Kaufmann and the more of Deborah Voigt, the less thrilling it is.
    I got bad news for Act 3.

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    Das Rheingold was the first of the Met streams I watched. I needed a break and it was a good one.

    I'm not sure I'll get to Siegfried before it goes away this afternoon; I'm still listening to the 1976 Bayreuth Die Walkure (and ostensibly working).

    I would make time for Götterdämmerung from the Met tomorrow, but it's got some competition. Wiener Staatsoper is also streaming the opera, and with a stronger cast (Stephen Gould, Iréne Theorin, Anna Gabler, Tomasz Konieczny, and Falk Struckmann).

    I'm also eager to watch the 1980s Die tote Stadt from Deutsche Oper Berlin.

    It's nice to have so many options!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mountmccabe View Post
    I got bad news for Act 3.
    Neither act 2 nor act 3 was up to act 1. Kaufmann was excellent, vocally the strongest member of the cast, with Terfel not far behind (not exactly a Wotan voice, but he made the most of what he has). I'm not keen on any of the women; Blythe was solid but not remarkable, Westbroeck has an intrusive vibrato, and Voigt was skinny threadbare Voigt. But the opera made its impact regardless of vocal deficiencies. I expect even less from Siegfried today, but we'll see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mountmccabe View Post
    I'm also eager to watch the 1980s Die tote Stadt from Deutsche Oper Berlin.
    That Tote Stadt is a very good one--James King is immeasurably better than Kollo on the popular studio recording.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mountmccabe View Post
    Das Rheingold was the first of the Met streams I watched. I needed a break and it was a good one.

    I'm not sure I'll get to Siegfried before it goes away this afternoon; I'm still listening to the 1976 Bayreuth Die Walkure (and ostensibly working).

    I would make time for Götterdämmerung from the Met tomorrow, but it's got some competition. Wiener Staatsoper is also streaming the opera, and with a stronger cast (Stephen Gould, Iréne Theorin, Anna Gabler, Tomasz Konieczny, and Falk Struckmann).

    I'm also eager to watch the 1980s Die tote Stadt from Deutsche Oper Berlin.

    It's nice to have so many options!
    So many options indeed!

    Tomorrow München offers the Petrenko-Kaufmann Parsifal

    https://www.staatsoper.de/spielplan/...lan/alles.html

    Although I'm not sure if it will be available outside of Europe.

    Sunday Staatsoper Berlin offers Manon with Netrebko

    https://www.staatsoper-berlin.de/de/...-fuer-sie.142/

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    Attribute it to either me being mixed up on what day it is or figuring the Met were going to stream the rarely heard interstitial opera Siegfried 2, but Götterdämmerung from the Met is tonight (March 27).
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    Quote Originally Posted by mountmccabe View Post
    Attribute it to either me being mixed up on what day it is or figuring the Met were going to stream the rarely heard interstitial opera Siegfried 2, but Götterdämmerung from the Met is tonight (March 27).
    The streaming begins in the evening and continues through till next evening. I prefer to watch during the day. I'm watching Siegfried now and will watch Gotterdammerung tomorrow.

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    The Met's Siegfried was an example of a well-produced show that made the best of limited vocal talent. I'm inclined to be kind to Jay Hunter Morris, who certainly doesn't have anything close to a heldentenor voice but whose Li'l Abner was so youthfully charming and handsome that I actually believed in the character. He didn't run out of gas before the end, and was a pretty good match for the just-awakened Deborah Voigt, who gave her best with a reduced voice and also acted well in a charming final scene. Bryn Terfel was stretched to the vocal limit and beyond by the Wanderer's part, and I enjoyed neither his anti-heroic characterization nor his homeless hippy wig (and why didn't he have an eye-patch?); this was not the chief of the gods struggling with the loss of his power, but just some old guy down on his luck. Eric Owens repeated his effective Alberich from Rheingold, and Patricia Bardon's Erda was decent. The standout performance was probably Gerhard Siegel as Mime, a thoroughly engaging characterization and well-sung (though I do wonder where he got his eyegasses; do Nibelungs make them?). Fabio Luisi led a well-paced performance that seemed considerate of the singers; I especially appreciated his quick tempos during the forging of Nothung, and I'd guess that Siegfried did too.

    I thought "the machine" was used quite effectively, and the forest atmosphere was created much better than I'd have thought possible, with good use of light and projections. The forest bird was just wonderful, flying about the stage and looking amazingly real. The one scene that I really disliked was Wotan's encounter with Erda. She was far from the hoarfrost-covered, primeval goddess of wisdom envisioned by Wagner, but instead looked rather young and glamorous, walked about, was touched by Wotan, and wore a sleek wig and something like a metallic evening dress right out of StarTrek. While talking to her, Wotan inexplicably tore the point off his spear, and then got down on his hands and knees and rolled out some kind of scroll on the floor. I have no explanation, but his spear should surely remain a potent weapon until Siegfried sunders it with Nothung.

    I have to admit to skipping out to make lunch during the Mime-Wanderer scene. It's the one scene in the Ring I wish Wagner had omitted, or maybe condensed to a brief appearance by Wotan just sufficient to put a scare into the Nibelung. The opera would still be four hours long without it.
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