the Times article that includes the information that there are in fact body doubles.I was expecting a bit more from the procution itself. I think this is what is call over-hyped. Lepage directed the Damnation of Faust at the Met a couple of seasons ago and it was technologically very, very cool and visually thrilling. Here, he is almost a minimalist. The set is just made of giant planks - while it does move and rotate interestingly, it's slow going and creeky - even loud to the point where we thought maybe they need a little WD40. Some of the lighting and projections were beautiful and there are some very cool scenes - the Rhinemaidens are dressed as mermaids, extended from cables so it really looks like they are swimming and cavorting under water at times. There is also a scene when Wotan and Loge journey across a set that seems like stairs turned on their side - it's visually stunning. It also looked dangerous. I thought while it was happening that it couldn't possibly be the singers themselves. I was right - Kari emailed this morning with the link to
The house, completely packed, reacted vocally at times and it seemed as though all were having a good time. It may have been one of the first times in the Family Circle when people didn't rush to leave their seats during the curtain call.