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“The weight of this sad time we must obey”

So here’s the problem. If Glenda Jackson, who is 82 years old, can whip through King Lear in two hours and 45 minutes, then how is it that La Traviata at the Met slogs on for over three hours?

It’s complicated

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg is a problematic opera—or, rather, it is an  opera that has, in the last century or so, become problematic. Its composer,  Richard Wagner, was a profound artist who insisted in treating on profound  themes: Life, Death, Love, Redemption and so forth. In this opera, though, his  focus shifted to different universalities: Art and (here comes the troubling  part) what you might call ‘German-ness’.” [New York Observer] (Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)