New York’s A-listers were out in force for the first night at the Met. The opening opera was Wagner’s ‘Das Rheingold’, the first part of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, conducted by James Levine.
British actor Patrick Stewart was in the audience. He said: “Coming to the Met is always a thrill. I live in London and work in New York and there are two of the best opera houses in the world. Wagner is new to me, not entirely new to me, but this opera is new to me. I’m a huge fan of Bryn Terfel who is singing tonight. I would go to hear him sing anything at all. And also it’s the opening night of the season which is a little more glamorous and exciting.”
Holly Hunter was also in the audience. She said: “I think it’s tremendously exciting to go to the theatre, to go to see live performance is one of the most thrilling things for me, so I can’t wait to see Wagner. This is my first Wagner. I’ve seen a lot of Puccini here and some Verdi, but I think this is going to be spectacular.”
Tickets for Das Rheingold were sold out, but determined opera lovers were able to watch the performance on mega screens outside the Met and in Times Square.
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