Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Wagner, Booing, and Patrick Stewart

If this doesn't make your day, I don't know what will.

Awww, Patrick Stewart at the Metropolitan Opera. What could be cuter than that? lol

Last night was the opening night of the Met season and there were celebs galore (Meg Ryan, Holly Hunter, etc). There was also booing galore. The crowd booed the director when he came out for his curtain call.

What is this? There hasn't been booing at the Met for the longest time and now we've had booing on the opening night of the season two years in a row. Last year they booed the new production of Tosca and this year they booed Wagner's Das Rheingold. Crazy! Apparently we are entering a new era in American opera and I'm here to witness it. Are we the next La Scala? lol I highly doubt it.

I'm kind of surprised the celebs made it through Wagner, even though Das Rheingold is the shortest installment of the massive Ring Cycle. It's only two-and-a-half hours (lol) with no intermissions (that's the hard part). The last part of the Ring Cycle is almost six hours long. It's title is so long that it almost takes 6 hours to pronounce it -- Götterdämmerung. I love the German language and its super-long words. :)

But much can be said for the die-hard nature of opera fans. The Met broadcasted a simulcast outside, in Lincoln Center, and people stood out there in the rain to watch it. Unlike the celebrities inside, they stood for the two-and-a-half hour opera. What dedication! I would have been right there with them had I not had opera rehearsal last night. :) Viva l'opera!

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