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RICHARD WAGNER’S DAS RHEINGOLD - June 14, 2011 - San Francisco War Memorial Opera House 


The shortest of the four operas, this one clocks in at two hours 35 minutes with no intermission.  The first thing to notice was the visual effects and screens used to simulate water, smoke, fire, woods, etc.  It was very appealing but got a little tiresome after a while.  Loge had an excellent voice and in my opinion, was the strongest of the roles.

One thing to which many in the audience had to adjust was the modern setting.  No more Viking helmets.  Instead, we have uzis, flashlights, telephones, and other modern conveniences.

A real surprise was the giants Fasolt and Fafner. They were amazingly mobile considering the costuming and rigging required.  I thought Mark Delavan was fine as Wotan but Wade thought he was struggling to be heard over the orchestra. 

Earlier, I had told Wade the noisiest stage crew was the crew for the Florida Grand Opera’s production of CyranoDas Rheingold.  I now have to say that the stage crew for was pretty clumsy.  Interestingly, they didn’t provide nearly the noise level for the next opera, Die Walküre. 

Photo from San Francisco Opera website at www.sfopera.com.

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