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The Met Brings the Ring to Times Square

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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.

 

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