The Ultimate Culture Guide 2009: R

Ringmaster

They may not please traditionalists, but whiz-bang director Robert Lepage’s video projections for Berlioz’s Damnation of Faust at the Metropolitan Opera still look visionary. Next up, Lepage collaborates with puppet designer Michael Curry on two short Stravinsky pieces at Toronto’s Canadian Opera Company in October, and he’s doing a new Ring cycle for the Met in 2010–11.