The Met: Live in HD 2010-11 season to kick off with Wagner
6 October 2010
The descent to Nibelheim from The Met's new production of ‘Das Rheingold’(Photo: Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera)
The Metropolitan Opera's fifth season of award-winning live relay transmissions, The Met: Live in HD, will be launched on 9 October with Wagner’s Das Rheingold.
This new production by Robert Lepage is the first instalment in a much-awaited Ring cycle that will be presented over the next two seasons, culminating in three complete cycles in April 2012.
Conducted by James Levine, the production features a star-studded cast led by Bryn Terfel as Wotan. Its complex set uses advanced technology that is said to be The Met’s most challenging staging ever.
“The Ring isn’t just a story or a series of operas,” says Lepage, “it’s a cosmos. I try to be extremely respectful of Wagner’s storytelling, but in a modern context.”
The November/December 2010 issue of Opera Now will include a cover feature about opera in cinema by Editor, Ashutosh Khandekar.