Yesterday (Wednesday), we had to leave early in the afternoon to make the performance of 'Gotterdammerung', which started at 4pm. The first act is a bit of a marathon but things speed up after that. The 'minimalist' production worked well and we had good munga at both intervals plus a bit of plonk. We had new people this time at dinner. Both Brunnhilde and Siegried sang well at full pelt as did Hagen and the rest of the cast, though the bogan bridesmaids in the wedding scene jarred a bit. Surely the Gibiches didn't have that much bad taste. In common with the rest of the Ring, it was hard to come down after all that fire, sturm and drang. The whole Ring experience was well worthwhile. The people whom we sat next to at dinner were from Sydney and lamented the gutting of the original opera house which prevents the staging of a Ring in Sydney. The orchestra simply would not fit without removing half of the audience and making the whole deal uneconomic. We weep for you Sydney.
This morning I went off early to see the vampires at the Hospital to give blood. Unfortunately, this time I had a student who missed the vein so the usual vampire had to take over. Sigh! They have to learn. On the way home I got some quiches and potato salad for lunch from Parisienne Pate in Lygon St. Peter went off to his art gallery class for U3A and I had a nap, then we remet at the Recital Centre for the Australian Piano Quartet. They did a transcription of the prelude and liebestod from 'Tristan and Isolde', a good way of coming down from the Ring Cycle. Then there was a premiere of part of a piece by Elliott Gyger, 'Shell Chambers', very good. Then Faure's bravura first piano quartet. A very satisfying concert. We had a quick bite at a new Indonesian eatery, Fat Oma, near the Bourke St tram stop in Swanston St. It is amazingly cheap but also packed, mainly by Indonesians, I think. A good sign and good food, very spicy. Home again for a quiet night.