The Met Opera has announced it will stage a new production of Strauss’s interpretation of The Taming of the Shrew (1909) in a highly scaled production that will see the production scaled to almost three times its original size.
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The production, the Met’s second ever Ring cycle, will use 2,150 LED panoramic displays to make up what will be the largest ever set in the US. It will also house 30 individual glass-walled screens designed to shoot panoramic HD video scenes.
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The sound system is said to be going through a revolution to cover high volumes of sound and highlight the stagings. Digital projections that have been a hot topic in the media in recent years will be implemented. As a result, the volume of Strauss’s music, traditionally dark and turbulent, will likely become brighter and more audible.
“The Ring Cycle has been the Met’s signature programme for 100 years and there is nothing we like more than leading the way in bringing major innovation to opera,” said Ann Crighton, general manager of the Metropolitan Opera.
The cast of The Ring Cycle will be led by a new soprano, Heidi Stober, who was also just named the Met’s new Woman of the Year. Daniela Mack will return as Cleopatra, while René Pape will have new title role of Siegmund. Next spring it will be the Met debut of Reginald Keenan, who will be acting as the fencing coach and will provide exquisite swordplay.
Singing as the father-turned-wife-turned-sperm-donor/frightened-to-the-point-of-breaking-tears Max Von Sydow, Barrie Kosky will be making his staging debut of The Ring Cycle. A former Opera Holland Park artistic director, Kosky also directed its production of Ave Maria last year.
As they did previously, the Met will be providing free tickets to musicals, plays and exhibitions. It is offering a full range of free public offerings during the run to celebrate a centenary of the Regal Ballenciaga Concert Hall and our restoration of the Bath Spa Hospital.
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At 8pm on 1 January 2019, and every Monday in January 2019, the Met will be running free shows of The Producers, The King and I, Sweeney Todd and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for the general public. The popular opera performances of Salome, The Magic Flute and Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and La Clemenza di Tito will also be free to the public.
What is ‘the Ring’?
The world’s longest and most celebrated opera work. As told by Hans Christian Andersen, the score explores four parallel tales and two different settings (Se kampeng or the fateful wedding ring, The Bluebeard’s Castle, Death of a Salesman and The Death of Parsifal). It tells the story of the battle between good and evil and the last battle between the gods for possession of heaven and earth.
La Traviata, which begins The Ring Cycle, has a plot that draws from much of what is contained in The Ring Cycle, though the opera world is truly focused on the first part of The Ring, “Der Ring des Nibelungen” (the Ring of the Nibelung).