Last Sunday, I went to see Gotterdammerung, the fourth opera in Richard Wagner's Ring of the Nibelung series. I can only afford to see two of the four operas of the Ring tetralogy this time around, so that's it for me. With Siegfried clocking in at about five hours and Gotterdammerung at five and half...at least now I can say I've experience Wagnerian opera. I'll catch the other two next time. Still, I enjoyed the San Francisco Opera's interesting and environmentally conscious presentation.
Gotterdammerung begins with the three Norns weaving the fates of mankind and the gods. I wasn't sure if the performers were supposed to be blind cable repair women hopelessly toiling away at untangling cords or what, but no--they are supposed to represent the collected knowledge of all of the internet. That was the only part that confused me, the rest was pretty straightforward.
All in all, I highly recommend the San Francisco Opera's Ring experience.
Here is the three minute preview of Gotterdammerung: