Monday, September 10, 2012

Shark Week has nothin' on a week full of Wagner.

Get those DVRs set, Ladies and Gents. Oh, yes.... you thought "Shark Week" was big?

Discovery has nothin' on PBS.

That's right... tonight, PBS launches a special five-night presentation of Wagner’s complete “Ring” cycle as part of it's Great Performances from the Met. Filmed at the Metropolitan Opera over the past two seasons, the broadcasts feature Robert Lepage’s visionary new production, and will run starting tonight through this Friday.

GAH! I know... it's almost too much to handle.

And, what's more Chiclets? The stellar, lovely and down-to-earth diva Deborah Voigt launches her 2012-13 opera season as the host of the broadcasts. In addition to her hosting duties, Voigt also leads the all-star cast in the iconic and notoriously demanding role of Brünnhilde.


Tonight, however, kicks the week off with Wagner’s Dream - Susan Froemke’s dramatic behind-the-scenes documentary about the Met's new - and, relatively controversial - staging. The New York Times pronounced Wagner’s Dream “the rare backstage film that maintains a level head even in moments of crisis,” while Entertainment Weekly singled out as being “of particular delight: the friendly openness of the great American dramatic soprano Deborah Voigt – a Brünnhilde to reckon with.”

Co-hosting all five nights of the PBS presentation alongside WQXR’s Midge Woolsey, Voigt describes her own experience in the production; interviews Met General Manager Peter Gelb; and guides the audience through the next 4 nights - which will, of course, feature Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, Siegfried, and Götterdämmerung, the four operas that make up the complete Ring des Nibelungen.

Let the games begin....

OH! And, speaking of games: if you're watching with friends, you can always show off your inner opera-geek and play the "Ring" drinking game. Don't lie, you know what I'm talking about ... the one whereby you pick a set of leitmotifs and when you hear them ... guzzle down your favorite shot!

I know, it takes "opera-geek" to a whole-new-level.

Welcome to my college years.

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