The last Met ring was in spring 2004 -- before this blog began -- but the 2007 Mariinsky visit did inspire some general thoughts on Wagner's cycle.
Meanwhile, two of this revival's three Rhinemaidens -- Lisette Oropesa, Kate Lindsey, and Tamara Mumford (Lindemann grads all, from high to low) -- were engaged by the other Met for its spring concert series. Mumford's recital was two Saturdays ago: an excellently sung but underattended event. Perhaps Lindsey's recital this Friday will get better turnout. Lindsey is more than just a great characterizer of pants roles -- though she certainly is that -- just as Mumford is more than the full-voiced character mezzo that's been her Met career to date (continuing tonight with her Maddalena in Rigoletto).
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Absolutely no axe-grinding, please.