Saturday, March 30, 2019

High Brow on a Teeter-Totter --- Day 8/16

Walk: AMC Kabuki (Met Live: Die Walkure)
Distance: 2 miles, small yoga stretch after 5+ hours of sitting

So Ciwt went high brow today and finally saw one of the four operas that make up Wagner's Ring Cycle.

Very moving, tragic, powerful with gorgeous music.  She didn't quite know what to make of the stage: it moved!  Tipped back and forth like a teeter-totter as well as going straight up and down.  Kudos to all the cast for navigating and staying upright while never missing notes.  

She also came to understand how it is possible for one of her friends and thousands of unknown others to follow The Ring all over the world, seeing it again and again. In total the Ring runs 17 hours. All four operas are usually staged a few days apart and each has long intermissions.  So, with the longest Ring opera running 5 1/2 hours plus intermissions, die hard fans all over the world leave their opera houses somewhere between midnight and 1:30 a.m..  That would put Ciwt seriously off her feed; maybe if some company staged them all as matinees she would flock to whereever those productions were.  As it was, she got to her seat at 9:00 a.m.out here in San Francisco and was out of the theater by 2:15 in the afternoon. Operatic in itself if you ask her.

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