The Met Brings the Ring to Times Square

Monday, September 27, 2010

Times Square has its colorful characters, but they were no match for the primeval collection of gods, nymphs, dwarves and giants in Wagner's Das Rheingold, which was transmitted live there Monday night. The broadcast was part of the Metropolitan Opera's opening-night gala taking place some twenty blocks uptown.

With a steady rain coming down, a sizable portion of the 2,000 available seats at One Times Square remained empty as the opera got underway just after 6:30 p.m. Nevertheless, as giant speakers piped in the lush music, some tourists stopped to watch, seemingly amazed; others snapped pictures; a few joined the audience on the spot.

 

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The Met's Das Rheingold comes to Times Square.
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The extraordinary, rippling prelude of Rheingold resonates across square.
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Soprano Deborah Voigt introduces the evening transmission.
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Rain ponchos are handed out at the entrances.
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A soggy night, but fans could be thankful that Rheingold is the shortest of the four Ring operas, at just 2 1/2 hours.
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The opera was transmitted to six screens including the ABC and MTV monitors.
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Other screens included the NASDAQ, Reuters, Newscorp-Sony, Toshiba and American Eagle screen.
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The Rheinmaidens sing from their underwater realm, yet high above 42nd Street.
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Bryn Terfel sings his first Wotan with the Met in tonight's production.

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Comments [4]

Sarah Turnage from Columbia, MD

I wish I were younger (I'm 82) and could go to New York to see this wonderful production, especially with Bryn Terfel whom I have recentyly discovered on Youtube - I listen to all I can find of his arias and songs. As for the new production, from what i have read it will be successful in spite of costing so much money - Progress has to continue, doesn't it?
But the singing is what I would love to hear.

Mar. 27 2011 10:19 AM
JOSEPH PUGLISI from L.I.N.Y.

MET ORCH & JAMES LEVINE WERE THE STARS FOR WAGNER"S OPERA.
PRODUCTION WAS INTERESTING & "NOW", BUT COSTUMES NOT IN SINC WITH SCENERY. NOT WORTH 15M.
SINGERS GOOD, ERIC OWENS GREAT.

Oct. 06 2010 05:22 PM
Kenneth Bennett Lane from Lake Hiawatha, NJ

Never before has so much money, hugeness and technological prowess of sets, and widespread visual and auditory coverage of any opera been acquired and spent. Dealing with the musical equivalent of
Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel representation of the Bible in terms of MASTERPIECE, Wagner's RING des NIBELUNGEN, has scored an Olympian triumphant world-wide.
Technology and the Arts, joining forces here, there is deserved optimistic hope for the future.

Oct. 02 2010 01:15 PM
Julie

Great pictures! Looks like fun, even despite the rain.

Sep. 28 2010 10:33 AM

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