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“The planks have been providing the braids from which the story is woven together, just the way the leitmotivs do,” he said.

When viewers finally get a chance to see all four operas in succession, Lepage thinks they will be able to appreciate what the set has accomplished.

“There are things that will make sense when you get the whole story, because they echo things that happened in earlier operas,” he said.

Audiences will soon be able to judge for themselves. “Goetterdaemmerung” will initially run for five performances, with the last one, on Saturday, Feb. 11, shown live in HD in movie theaters around the world. Three complete cycles follow in April and May.