Thursday, May 3, 2012

The Met hits the spin cycle

Posted By on Thu, May 3, 2012 at 8:49 AM

A scene from Robert Lepage’s production of “Das Rheingold. All the operas in Wagners Ring Cycle will be rebroadcast to theaters this May.
  • Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera
  • A scene from Robert Lepage’s production of “Das Rheingold." All the operas in Wagner's "Ring Cycle" will be rebroadcast to movie theaters worldwide this May.
The Metropolitan Opera, having completed productions of the four operas of Wagner's Ring Cycle over the past two years, has now entered what we'll call "the spin cycle", presenting all the operas in quick succession so viewers can experience them all in a brief period. Movie-goers will also have the chance to see the same as the Met rebroadcasts its productions of Wagner operas from the past two seasons of Live in HD performances.

Starting Monday, May 7, The Met will present worldwide movie theater screenings of Robert Lepage’s new production of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen, along with Wagner’s Dream, a new documentary chronicling the creation of the new staging. The doc includes footage relating to the creation and implementation of the costly and controversial "machine," the high-tech piece of stagecraft for the new productions, so enormous that the Met stage—already one of the largest and most technologically advanced in the world—had to be reinforced underneath with three 65 foot steel girders just to accommodate the machine's 45 tons.

The series, which is a worldwide first, will begin May 7 with a screening of the documentary, directed by filmmaker Susan Froemke, and continue on May 9 with Das Rheingold, the first opera in the cycle. To order tickets or get more information on screening times and locations, please visit The Met.

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