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  • Actors: The Metropolitan Opera
  • Directors: The Metropolitan Opera
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Classical, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: German, English, French, Chinese, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Deutsche Grammophon
  • DVD Release Date: September 11, 2012
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008MXMFRI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,939 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

The documentary behind the biggest and most elaborate production in the history of Metropolitan Opera.

Experience the technical marvel and intense preparation on a scale ever to be imagined.

A true must-see for any fan of the Opera.

Customer Reviews

It works and it works beautifully.
Dennis M. Carey
The film also captures the frustration about the performance of the Machine, particularly its noisy movements and malfunctions.
G. A. BRAVO-CASAS
I think even those who are not opera fans would find it so, but for those who are fans of the Ring, this is riveting.
Culturally curious

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Dan Sherman VINE VOICE on September 12, 2012
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I will start by saying that I wasn't a great fan of this production, having seen the first two operas onscreen and the second two at the Met -I found the Machine ultimately limited the production in that it dominated the stage. Having said that, I found this to be a fascinating film, both to see how the Machine was designed (started as a wood model with strings), its construction, and its installation and use at the Met. You really get a great look at the Met and its facilities, but more importantly see many of the people involved in putting on the Ring, from stagehands to leading singers. There is real human drama here as you watch singers (and body doubles) rehearse and perform on the Machine, and react to it. It is amazing to see the Rhinemaidens get used to swimming in front of it as they hung from cables, with at least one maiden seemingly scared to death. One segment that draws attention is seeing Deborah Voight take a rather nasty slip as she started up one of the planks, and then see her backstage and the reaction of her colleagues.

I would recommend this DVD highly both to see how huge stage production is put together and also to see how the individuals involved (including General Manager Peter Gelb) react to all of the challenges involved in this production (included cast changes).

PS The runtime for the DVD is about 2 hours versus the 60 minutes listed here on Amazon.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Aanel Victoria on September 21, 2012
Format: DVD
This lovely 2-hour documentary on the making of the 2011/2012 Met Ring is already included in Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen [Blu-ray] and Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen. You do NOT need to purchase it separately.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Henry Truman Stanley on September 11, 2012
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I watched this program as a PBS special last night -- it is a beautifully made story of the making of a masterpiece, complete with stumbles, problems, frightened singers, taming a giant machine, last minute substitutions, and a brilliant concept realized. You won't get more backstage than this, and the sound and HD is stunning. A great companion piece to the Blu-ray set of the new Met Ring cycle. The Met's new set -- "the machine," is brilliant, but a beast to tame. You see it from the bottom up, with the crew striving to get the thing to perform, but the results are worth it. Visually it's a smash. A must buy!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By G. A. BRAVO-CASAS on September 21, 2012
Format: DVD
Wagnerians are fortunate to have some skillfully produced documentaries about recording the Ring. One is The Golden Ring, a 1965 BBC film on Sir Georg Solti's legendary audio recording of the Ring. Another famous one is about Patrice Chéreau's 1976 Bayreuth production, The Making of Der Ring des Nibelungen. Both documentaries attracted new audiences to the music of Wagner and to the world of opera. Unfortunately, we don't have a documentary film about the beloved romantic production by Schneider-Siemssen and Otto Schenk that lasted 20 years at the Met; the only testimony is the excerpts from the book "Die Buhne-mein Leben" by Schneider-Siemssen and K. Pahlen (2001), published in English as "The Stage- My Life" (2009).

This deocumentary is included in the box set that Deutsche Grammophon ia distributing with the entire "Ring of the Nibelung" (8-DVDs and 5 Blu-ray discs). The movie follows an almost chronological order, from January 2008 (Quebec City) to the opening night of Götterdämmerung in January 2012. The Met and the "Ex Machina" studio provided Susan Froemke access to everything she needed. Through this long period, the film tracks honestly all the details of the evolving production. Lepage confesses that at the beginning he did not have a clear view of what to do; he began to study the texts and found himself attracted by the influence of the Icelandic Eda poems on Wagner. On a trip to Iceland, Lepage was gripped by the sheer power of its geology: "it is a place that moves all the time ... lava flows... and you see things that you only see in the Ring.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. A. Lovitt HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on September 4, 2013
Format: DVD
"Wagner's Dream" is a DVD about people involved in work that they love---the staging of Wagner's Ring Cycle at the Metropolitan Opera. My friend and I watched this DVD after we had finished viewing the Met's new Ring Cycle, and it had us on the edges of our chairs, wondering if Robert Lepage's vision was ever going to come to fruition.

To begin with, there was the monstrous 90,000-pound machine that was supposed to provide the setting for all four operas in the Ring cycle. Many in the cast were afraid of its ponderously moving wooden slabs. It would have been no wonder if the three Rhinemaidens had had the most anxiety, because they spent part of their time on-stage dangling off of its precipice. But it was actually one of the Giants who almost balked at performing on it. Then on the opening night of "Das Rheingold," the entrance of the gods into Valhalla was prevented by a glitch in the machine. Wotan, Fricka, Freia, Froh, and Donner had to exit stage right.

Let me add that the machine was working perfectly by the time "Das Rheingold" was filmed, and the entrance of the gods into Valhalla was a visual highlight of the Met's new Ring.

The machine problems weren't the only glitches that challenged this production. "Wagner's Dream" also deals with the withdrawal of the tenor who was going to sing Siegfried, just days before the third opera in the Ring was to have its premiere. Deborah Voigt, this production's Brünnhilde provides commentary on the frantic search for a new tenor, and on her own struggles with her difficult new role.

This 114-minute DVD is a fascinating look at how Wagner's dream of a perfect Ring Cycle was brought into being.
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