Originally Posted by ChocLabLover
That is great!
OT-How was the ring cycle? They performed it here in Toronto and I never got the chance to see it. It must have been spectacular!
It was terrific! We'd been a bit anxious - saw it in Helsinki in '04, my first ever, and it was a great staging and some fabulous singers, including the relatively unknown Wotan, Juha Uusitalo, who has really made his name in it.
Then in '06 we went to Baden-Baden to watch the 'seminal' Mariinsky theatre production, which was a load of old toss, sorry. Dreadful staging and mediocre singers from the back row of the chorus. Sure, I know people have to learn but not when people have flown literally round the world to see something supposed to be spectacular.
This one really was spectacular. Juha U. was on great form, there was a stunning Siegfried in Lance Ryan (canuck) and a brilliant Brunnhilde in Jennifer Wilson (USA). Chuck in the always splendid Matti Salminen and we had a great, if bum-numbing operafest! This one really was seminal, imho, and I believe in years to come we will be able to say 'we were there'.