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Subject: Re: Met's Gold Curtain
From: Alan Ruskis <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Alan Ruskis <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Tue, 25 Apr 2017 19:11:18 -0400

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The MET posses what I believe is the largest "Wagner curtain" in the 
world.  This type of curtain, one of 2 "gold curtains" was designed by RW 
for the theater at Bayreuth.  His desire was to have a curtain that could 
bring an act to a sudden close.  The traditional guillotine type of curtain 
(with sandbag counterweights) could not be pulled quickly and then stop.  
This design, with the intrinsic drawstring, could be let go and flop quickly to 
close without any unintended consequences.  It is the only curtain I have 
ever seen used at Bayreuth.  I can only imagine it was the first act of 
Walkeure that prompted the design. The MET also has a traditional gold 
guillotine type curtain.  That one can pulled to the very top out of view, 
and has allowed some awesomely tall productions in the past.  I recall 
Aida, a few vintages ago.

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