Before the last act, Donald Runnicles and the orchestra rightly were greeted with the most thunderous applause heard in the opera house since their great Wagner “Ring” days.
Runnicles and the orchestra had everything right, both in quiet and climactic moments. Seventy-two musicians were in the pit, and 23 in backstage bands switched location all over the house. Principal clarinet Jose Gonzalez and principal horn Kevin Rivard filled the hall with big, beautiful sound.
8 June 2015