Director at finish line for Met's new 'Ring'

FILE - In this file photo of Thursday, May 20, 2010, the Metropolitan Opera House, center, is seen behind a newly rebuilt fountain at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York. The Metropolitan Opera suffered through an ignoble fiscal year in 2009. It lost money on bad investments just as donations were dropping off and its expenses increasing, according to tax returns files this week. The company finished the year with its net worth cut in half. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams, File)

January 24, 2012 8:13:57 AM PST
Early in Wagner's "Ring" cycle, Wotan glimpses the new home he has commissioned for his fellow gods and exclaims: "Vollendet das ewige Werk!" (The everlasting work is finished!")