Baritone gets crash course for Wagner role

December 11, 2014 3:21 PM

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In a bare rehearsal room three floors underground at the Metropolitan Opera, Michael Volle was learning how to move around on a set that wasn't there.

The German baritone had to be a quick study because just three days later he would be onstage as Hans Sachs, the poet-cobbler hero of Wagner's "Die Meistersinger," temporarily taking over the role from veteran James Morris.

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