What crashed at the Met last night

A sharp-eyed audience member tells me that Robert Lepage’s new Siegfried set froze dead yesterday in the transition to the final scene.

Deborah Voigt came on, saw nothing was moving, so she lay down and played the entire finale from the apron of the stage.

Fortunately, it was not a first night so no-one of any social significance witnessed the embarrassment.

Still, the Met has spent millions on this multi-planked production. It ought to work. Why doesn’t it?


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  • Reportedly even when the machinery works, it is not as quiet as one would expect of opera scenery. I can easily think of better ways for an opera house to spend its millions. Not to mention that my taste is for Otto Schenk’s 1980’s production.

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