Out of the blue, at the end of a stressful day, this popped up on social media.
Klaus Tennstedt’s first opera at the Met.
Have you ever heard a Met audience erupt like that for an overture?
As the cellist James Kreger recalls: From the outset of the very first rehearsal, one could sense his total, life and death, commitment to the score. That made the orchestra even more eager to reciprocate in kind. Those incredible moments on January 7, 1984 made me feel privileged to be part of this great orchestra, and will remain with me forever as one of the high points of my career.
We will never hear his like again.