Emergency Wotan arrives just in time to shake the conductor’s handmain
They cut things fine in Dallas.
Mathias Goerne called in sick at six hours’ notice on this weekend’s concert performance of Die Walküre.
Geeting a call from his agent, bass-baritone Kyle Albertson jumped in an Uber from San Francisco Opera, where he was covering Wotan, and booked his flight from the cab.
The assistant conductor awaited him in a limo on arrival to run through a few tempo points on the way to Meyerson Symphony Center. Kyle changed into his concert suit in the car.
He arrived just in time to shake Jaap van Zweden’s hand and go on stage for Act II, launching straight into Wotan’s long monologue.
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