May 18 – Operatic Disasters

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Richard Wagner: Die Walküre: Act III: Wo ist Brünnhild
In 1956 at Covent Garden in London, the man performing the bass role of Wotan in “Die Walküre” was in a hurry to get onstage. He quickly grabbed his cloak from its pink, fluffy hanger in the dressing room, strolled onstage and began to sing…only to realize a moment later than he’d taken the coat hanger with him! We can say with certainty that’s the only time an audience has laughed at the very serious character of Wotan in Wagner’s “Ring” operas.

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