October 3, 2010

Der Blog der Niebelungen (Erster Akt, Das Rheingold)

Ahh, opening night.  It was a fine evening, the opening night of the Metropolitan Opera.  I was delighted and grateful for the experience.  Something to remember.

As for the performance, no review is objective.  Every review must at best be a deeply personal set of impressions, no matter how carefully measured.  

To be honest, I am not a fan of opera.  And full versions of the Ring cycle are among my least favorite listening delights no matter how  "posh" and "mod" the production is (sorry Inspector Morse).
Instead, I prefer the late, great Anna Russell and her incomparable explanation of the Ring.  Here in word, and sound.