“I have witnessed and enjoyed the first act of everything which Wagner created, but the effect on me has always been so powerful that one act was quite sufficient; whenever I have witnessed two acts I have gone away physically exhausted; and whenever I have ventured an entire opera the result has been the next thing to suicide.”
– Mark Twain
PBS (my Great American Love) is in the middle of doing Wagner’s entire Ring Cycle on it’s Great Performances at the Met program, starting with an introductory program on the staging of Robert Lepage’s fantastical set for the Met’s production. We’re loving it and staying up way too late to enjoy it. And we would feel bad about listening to Wagner late at night except that our neighbors have been treating us to a rather tone deaf rendition of Les Miserables for the better part of the week. We’ll see your French suffering and raise you the fall of the German/Icelandic gods.
Of course, tonight is Die Walkure, so we had to prepare properly. Naturally by watching this.
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