The Metropolitan Opera’s opening-night gala traditionally begins with  “Das Rheingold,” the first of Wagner’s “Ring” operas, but instead of an old conductor James Levine, this time with the director Robert Lepage’s new production, the first installment of a complete “Ring” cycle.


“Mr. Lepage’s “Rheingold” is the most intensely anticipated new production the Met has mounted in years. For the most part it was an impressive success: an inventive, fluid staging and a feat of technological wizardry that employs sophisticated video elements without turning into a video show.Wagner buffs tend to be a fanatical sort, and no doubt there will be debate about Mr. Lepage’s work. Here he received a mostly enthusiastic ovation with scattered boos. I had mixed feelings,”  Anthony Thommasini stressed at the New York Times.