Tannhäuser
Closed 3h 15m
Tannhäuser
90

Tannhäuser NYC Reviews and Tickets

90%
(47 Ratings)
Positive
96%
Mixed
2%
Negative
2%
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Great singing, Epic, Ambitious, Great staging, Masterful

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A new production of Wagner's classic romantic opera.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (13)

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542 Reviews | 136 Followers
97
Sublime score, Terrific singing, Great staging

See it if you like top-notch productions,epic music & powerful voices. Schenk's naturalistic & faithful sets are a refreshing reminder of classic MET.

Don't see it if you don't like Wagner or long operas. This is a 4.5+ hour evening of music with plot (such as it is) moving at a snail's pace. Act III drags

Also The gorgeous Act II is the MET at its very best and the reason why we come to the opera.

57 Reviews | 4 Followers
85
Enchanting, Old fashioned production, Great singing

See it if You want to see a great cast singing a traditional opera. It is hard to think of how you could come with a better cast.

Don't see it if If you have a hard time sitting through a 4.5 hour production with two intermissions. I was not overly tired because it held my interest.

126 Reviews | 29 Followers
85
Masterful, Great singing, Epic, Great staging

See it if you like classic / Wagnerian opera on a grand scale with an eye-catching set and excellent performances; excellent all around!

Don't see it if you don't like Wagner, can't sit for 4.5 hrs, might be frustrated by dated themes (but it's a classic opera, so should be expected)

457 Reviews | 89 Followers
85
Romantic, Slow, Epic, Great singing, Great staging

See it if As lyrically soaring as Wagner's music is, the melodic romanticism of Andreas Schager's Tannhauser leaves one drained; ditto van den Heever

Don't see it if Despite the beautiful austerity of Schenk's staging, this 1977 production is getting a little threadbare yet still serves the legend well

114 Reviews | 8 Followers
85
Masterful, Edgy, Ambitious, Epic, Great singing

See it if A medieval German folklore/historical figure plot with knights, swords

Don't see it if To avoid Venus ORGY ballet scenes, it's also approx 4.5 hours long..very sensual, sad too

294 Reviews | 39 Followers
80
Great singing, Epic, Great staging, 4½ hours of gorgeous music, 30 min of plot, Long, even for wagner

See it if The music is maybe the best Wagner ever did (esp. the overture for Act I). The sets are lovely, w/multimedia flawlessly incorporated.

Don't see it if Wow is it long. And sad. And so slow it feels longer. To call it glacial is to insult glaciers. But it's among the GRANDEST of grand opera.

406 Reviews | 96 Followers
80
Dated, Nice sets, Beautiful music, Slow, Great singing

See it if you’re a Wagner fan or just want to see a classic German grand opera well sung, played, and staged at the beautiful Metropolitan Opera House

Don't see it if you don’t like opera or can’t sit for a 4 1/2 hour opera or need a more relevant subject (though redeeming love is the basis of this story)

Also I’ve seen plenty of 4-5 hour operas, this was my 9th Wagner and the toughest one to sit through. Singing was uniformly good with Elza van den Heever shining as Elizabeth and Christian Gerhaher making his Met debut, the orchestra was their usual excellent self and the sets were nice. But the story is paper thin and Wagner takes forever to get to the famous Pilgrim’s Chorus. I don’t usually complain about dated scenarios but this one is REALLY dated - why would Tannhauser ever leave the wonderfully sensuous environs of the first act for someone he barely remembers, boast about his time with the Roman goddess of love, fail to get absolution, and then try to get back to his eternal damnation (which looked pretty heavenly)? Tristan is even longer but I don’t remember being impatient to get to its transcendent ending. 4 1/2 hours with 2 intermissions, read the synopsis, don’t look at the unnecessary translations, just close your eyes and enjoy the music

21 Reviews | 1 Follower
96
Great singing, Riveting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if Absorbing glance into the past where religion reigned and deviation from the norm was unacceptable and could end your acceptance by your com

Don't see it if You can’t sit through a 4 hour fascinating performance

Critic Reviews (1)

The New York Times
December 1st, 2023

CRITIC'S PICK! "A revival of Wagner’s 'Tannhäuser' was notable for the arrival of Christian Gerhaher. ... Gerhaher is one of our finest living lieder singers, a raconteur and a chameleon, a perceptive and persuasive interpreter whose approach to text shines in the recital hall."
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