Yesterday, we went to an encore HD showing of the Met's new production of Wagner's Walküre. These events take place in a movie theater, it is advised to come early, otherwise, you get front row seats, which is not quite what we got, but close.
Surrounded by popcorn eating opera lovers, we fortunately brought our own food. Walküre is a long event: Start-time 6:30pm, ending after midnight. Didn't help that half the parking payment centers where broken, that's not something you want to experience after midnight.
The opera: To me, the stars were Eva-Maria Westbroek and Jonas Kaufmann as Siegmund and Sieglinde. Both wonderful singers with great voices, and they really got the chemistry right and convincingly portrayed the love, shame, and heroism of the long separated twins.
Just in general, the case was great, which has been described in numerous other reviews. So I concentrate on the peripherals:
Hunding's huge skull-necklace on his chest was stunning, and his coat made up from rabbit and whatever other furs went very well with it.
Fricka's elegance was a nice contrast to the warrier-like attire of the other gods.
I tried to buy a replica of the Walküres' headpieces from the Met store, elegant in the front, wings in the back. They don't sell them. Hopefully, they'll do at some point!
All those family dynamics between Wotan, Fricka and Brünnhilde were a bit close to home, well enough executed to get me depressed.
The strongest character of the opera was the Machine. When Opera marries Cirque de Soleil, stage techniques get kicked up a notch. A huge machine with individual leafs was the stage. Sometimes, the (very powerful and entertaining) Walküres were riding on the individual parts (and some looked scared when sliding off). Sometimes it was all straight up, and looked like the Devil's postpile (a national park in the Sierra Nevada).
I hope we can make it next year to see the whole cycle life!