So, we're now about an hour and forty-five minutes into Christian Thielemann's performance of Das Rheingold today. I might suggest that this is, roughly, akin to his Parsifal - where the orchestra is the real star of the show. The singers, of course, for the Wiener Staatsoper performances were considerably better than the Bayreuth cast. It might be the Bayern 4 feed, but Alberich strikes me as a bit nasal for my taste. I have no greater complaints, but this probably isn't a cast for the ages.
From the sounds of the applause immediately after the conclusion, the audience seemed to enjoy this Rheingold. All things considered, it was not a bad performance over the air. Thielemann took right about 2h30m to get through it, which is a pretty down-the-middle timing for this one.