Originally posted by Rita:
Why the long delay in starting Saturday? 40 minutes late added to five and a half hours performance...you were in the theater six hours and ten minutes?
Oops, missed this. Not quite that long. The performance itself ran a little under five hours instead of the estimated five and a half.

As to the delay, there was a technical hitch. I don't know if you saw Das Rheingold or not, but the entire set for all four Ring operas is one gigantic machine made up of maneuverable planks that also act as a screen for projections. It's incredibly versatile. But Saturday a "decoder" on one of the planks wasn't talking to the computer that controlled it. That was the explanation given during one of the intermissions.