Tag Archives: Rheingold

The Met Historic Collection

Halfway through the collection of “Legendary Performances” released by the Met this year, several surprises came to the fore. One was how poor the chorus at the Met was in the 1940s and 1950s.  It was as if they dragged folks in from the street to have a go at the Pilgrim’s Chorus.  Apparently the […]

Rheingold at the Metropolitan Opera

The anticipation that accompanies any new Ring Cycle is heightened when the producer is the Metropolitan Opera.  That institution is highly esteemed for musical quality and high production values.  It also has a reputation as a conservative house, with many of its productions set in a style reminiscent of the composer’s own time.  With 28 […]