Being very familiar with the fairy tale and the music, decided to go to see the opera as well. We also left at the interval as we almost fell asleep in the first act. The sets did nothing at all to impress us, and were austere and simple and cheap to produce. The text didn't really match the music, as I'm sure that it is very difficult to translate the right cadence and meter into English. Why not just sing it in German, and use subtitles. If the singers are not being given the opportunity to sing operas in it's original language, they will cease to be able to do so.
We also saw the Magic Flute, which was really quite good. Again, very simple sets, but lovely voices. Again, too bad it was in English.
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