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  • Satisfied: Absolutely thrilling Gotterdämmerung with an immolation scene I will cherish forever! While I didn’t so much care for the... 5:32 PM
  • NPW-Paris: “Images of polluting smokestacks and denuded landscapes play over the scene transition projections, turning every... 5:32 PM
  • Sheldon: Alex–Thanks for a wonderful review, with which I agree 100%. I attended the third cycle with the same sense of potential... 5:24 PM
  • Porgy Amor: Thank you once again, Alex, for your marvelous writing about this cycle. It has been a pleasure throughout the month. 5:17 PM
  • Signor Bruschino: Passion is an interesting beast- haven’t heard anyone on broadway saying ‘Let’s get a revival of... 4:20 PM
  • warmke: You discount yourself as a judge of any music if you can’t even correctly count the number of notes in a sequence. The... 2:30 PM
  • Krunoslav: How about Margaret White in CARRIE in tandem with Sabine Devieilhe–or , better, — Julia Lezhneva–wit h... 1:13 PM
  • armerjacquino: But while with Weill- Jenny Diver? 1:03 PM

Aftermath

“Aus den Trümmern der zusammengestürzten Halle sehen die Männer und Frauen in höchster Ergriffenheit dem wachsenden Feuerschein am Himmel zu. Als dieser endlich in lichtester Helligkeit leuchtet, erblickt man darin den Saal Walhalls, in welchem die Götter und Helden, ganz nach der Schilderung Waltrautes im ersten Aufzuge, versammelt sitzen. Helle Flammen scheinen in dem Saal der Götter aufzuschlagen. Als die Götter von den Flammen gänzlich verhüllt sind, fällt der Vorhang.”   Read more »

Der Götter Ende dämmert nun auf

This is the end.

James Levine has just canceled all engagements between now and October, except for the two remaining peformances of Die Walküre at the Met May 9 and 14.  Fabio Luisi will take over the Carnegie Hall concert with Natalie Dessay on May 16 and Levine’s duties on the Japan tour, conducting Don Carlo and La Bohème.

The statement from the Met, which follows the jump, optimistically predicts that after “taking the summer off to rest and recuperate from his ongoing back condition,” the maestro will return to the podium for the new production of Don Giovanni opening October 13. Read more »