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Tonite, and again, I Pagliacci- Teatro Alla Scala (DG, 1966).
Saw the Met Gotterdamerung on 02/11/2012 at my local AMC theater. Started at 12 and finished around 6PM. I heard some whiners complaining about little things price of ticket ($22), sound, etc. I tore into them between acts. They should be thanking their lucky stars that AMC was generous enough to share a theater, where they could have shown (3) 2 hour movies during the time for one Gotter. BTW, the theater was filled and not just with old farts.Now the important stuff; the voices were great. The women in the audience were very much loving the Siegfried with bare arms, partial chest and long blond hair. The men were also happy with the Brunnehilde and Gutrune, both with ample bosoms and equally low cut outfits. I thought Hagen was a bit stiff, but Alberich was slimy and evil.The orchestra played very well. Most of the story that Wagner incorporated into the Ring was well integrated but the business about Siegfried switching to Gutrune and Gunther getting Brunnehilde is pretty weak and when Brunehilde swears a death oath for Siegfried on Hagen's spear, it's a pretty quick flip-flop from the undying love duet at the beginning of Act 1. A funny Wagner moment was done with good timing, when Siegfried captures/conquests Brunnehilde disguised as Gunther. Later on he is accused of taking advantage while in disguise and pleads his case by singing he placed his sword between him and Brunnehilde while in her bedchamber for honesty. Brunnehilde sings back that she knows what Nothung (his sword) looks like, she also saw it on the wall and that was no sword she felt between them!
Coverto,Even though encores for Siegfried and Gotter are not officially announced, I have written correspondence from the Met that they will be added, maybe the late spring early summer. If you haven't seen Manon or Traviata get tickets because it's a great cast.
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