Plaza at Lincoln Center as well as in Times Square. It promises to be the very definition of a night at the opera - a fabulous gala evening of fancy opera goers dressed in couture. I doubt today's rain can dampen the festivities on the red carpet or in the house.
Although the rain will keep me from my planned viewing in Times Square, I'm sure there will be many tough New Yorkers willing to be wet for this broadcast. This production of Wagner's Das Rheingold, part of the "Ring", is a highly anticipated new production by the innovative director Robert Lepage, is sold out except for Varis Rush Tickets.
Fortunately, I have my ticket to be in the house on Thursday. This will be only my second Wagner opera and first "Ring." Technically it's only a partial ring this season - I will see Die Walküre this spring and then “Siegfried” and “Götterdämmerung” will be next season. All four operas - a complete cycle - will be in the spring, 2012. I can't wait to see Bryn Terfel, whose face is plastered on buses, subway walls and phone booths all over New York City as this year's Met Opera Poster Child. I'm also excited to see one of my favorite mezzo sopranos, Stephanie Blythe, and the very exciting bass Eric Owens. Also, in the cast are Wendy Bryn Harmer, Patricia Bardon, Richard Croft, Gerhard Siegel, Franz-Josef Selig, and Hans-Peter König who are all new to me.
The audio of tonight's performance will also be streamed live on the Met's website and on Sirius Radio. The Met has also created a handy page of tips, clips and production photos for this Ring.
Let the 2010/11 season begin!