09/28/2010 02:49 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Metropolitan Opera Debuts 'Das Rheingold' (PHOTOS)

The highly-anticipated opening of the Metropolitan Opera took place Monday night with celebrities including Meg Ryan, Christine Baranski, Kerry Washington and Patrick Stewart on hand.

The $16 million production of Wagner's "Das Rheingold" will kick off the Opera's first full "Ring" cycle in over 20 years.

Below, see photos of the opening night spectacular:

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