Early last week, I saw a PBS show about the (current?) Ring cycle at the Me,t and how it was produced. While I am sure it is an artistic tour de force, I keep thinking that it was special effects for the sake of special effects, so complex that the singers couldn't always handle thing--the Brunhilde, for instance, fell off of those great rotating things at one point, and near the end of Das Rheingold the rainbow bridge didn't work, leaving the cast to improvise their trip to Valhalla.

Considering the costs the production must have--hundreds of stagehands just to make the Rhine look watery, for instance--one can see why the Met loses money all the time.
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Regerds, Pete