Nabucco Night At The Opera
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  • Bryan

    The Met is doing Wagner’s Ring series in the spring. While I don’t think you can see Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, or Siegfried by themselves (only as part of the four-opera series), there are still tickets available for showings of Götterdämmerung from February to May.

    I promise I don’t work for the Met, I’m just going to see Götterdämmerung in February and cannot contain my excitement.

    Va Pensiero is one of my favorite pieces of music, and it’s wonderful to see an opera-related piece by WRM.

  • Lampedusa (he of The Leopard) thought this sort of thing the very reason why Italian politics was so poisonous: it deluded the Italians into thinking that opera was like life. Just sayin’.

    BTW The Met Siegried was in HD theatres yesterday. I assume there will be a rerun, perhaps next Wednesday, maybe also later in the winter.

    • Walter Russell Mead

      While criticizing opera’s impact on Italian politics, let’s not even think about German politics and Wagner!

  • Luke Lea

    That was rather grand!

  • “The loose plotting, the cavalier treatment of history, the sentimentality and the over the top theatricality: it is all there.”

    From this description, Life is less like the Novel, and more like the Opera!

    Although I do object that you omitted Deceit, Treachery, Passion, Murder, Mayhem, Revenge, and the occasional voluptuous mezzo-sprano. All in all, quite manly entertainment.

  • dearieme

    “the live HD broadcasts across the country”: available too in Furrinland.

    Mind you, Wagner, wild horses, etc.

  • Jack

    Opera companies should do more early Verdi. Sure, the plotting and scenarios are sometimes silly, but the music is supremely energetic and fantastic.

  • Roy

    I’m a fan of Verdi, but with respect to one throw away line, New York has far from lost its way.

    Via Meadia might profitably spend some time at the biomedical research centers at Columbia and Rockefeller Universities, just as a start.

    New York can boast of an extraordinary wealth of scientific talent and discovery, which it exports, via patents and cadres of experts trained within it facilities, all over the world.

    Just to cite one example, it was at Columbia where Richard Axel, the Nobelist, discovered how to splice human DNA into bacteria, turning them into miniature biologic drug factories.

    That is the staple technique in biotechnology. There are hundreds and hundreds of similar examples.

    Axel is also a great opera fan; you can see him at the Met occasionally.

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