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The Greatest Operas, Part III

Posted by therebelprince on January 22, 2015

This post is simulcast from my blog “The Annals of Opera”.

This is the third in my series on my favourite operas of all time – a deep passion of mine that is, sadly, not one shared by a great deal of my generation. So, I hope that this ongoing list may be of interest to newcomers or opera amateurs like myself.

In Week One, I explored the origins of opera, while Week Two delved into the “golden era” of opera in the 19th century. This week, I take a look at the maturation of these forms throughout Europe as the 19th century came to its end. It is one of the defining periods of the artform, and a time of great… well, not fun exactly, but certainly brilliance. Let’s dive in!

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Metropolitan Opera: “Götterdämmerung” Live in HD

Posted by therebelprince on March 14, 2012

The Rhinemaidens in the Met's Ring Cycle.

Today, I’m tackling something a little different. Richard Wagner‘s Der Ring Des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung) is opera’s Mt. Everest. Based on the same legends that inspired Lord of the Rings, Wagner’s 15-hour epic – over four nights – pits the Gods and their vassals against humans, dwarves, and dragons, in a battle for the ring’s power. Robert Lepage‘s new production at the Met has inspired much debate. Thanks to the Met’s wonderful Live in HD program (about which, more below), I was lucky enough to see the production, and I thought I’d review the rollicking climactic opera, Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods).

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