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Das Rheingold

Das Rheingold in Seattle

Ivan Katz | Posted 10.27.2013 | Arts
Ivan Katz

When the announcement was made that Speight Jenkins, the General Director of the Seattle Opera, was to retire at the end of the 2013-2014 season, it became evident that the 2013 run of Richard Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen would be his last.

How 'The Ring' Was Staged

The Huffington Post | Amy Lee | Posted 04.04.2012 | Home

When Richard Wagner wrote his Ring Cycle, did he dream of a giant steel machine twisting and sliding on stage? Probably not. But the Metropolitan O...

San Francisco Opera Triumphs With the Fastest RING in the West

George Heymont | Posted 09.11.2011 | San Francisco
George Heymont

On Sunday July 3, the San Francisco Opera wrapped up its 2011 summer season, which was focused entirely on performances of Richard Wagner's four-opera cycle, Der Ring des Nibelungen.

Gold in San Francisco

Howard Kissel | Posted 08.23.2011 | Arts
Howard Kissel

I am not an ardent Wagnerite. Nor am I a fan of Francsca Zambella, who has directed a Ring Cycle for the San Francisco Opera. But how often do you find yourself in a place where they're doing "Rheingold"?

First Nighter: A Puss in Boots for Children of All Ages

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
David Finkle

Everything about Puss in Boots registers as so utterly charming that any adults viewing it without a child next to them will want desperately to bring one to the very next showing.

PHOTOS: Celebs Attend Opera Opening Night

Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

The highly-anticipated opening of the Metropolitan Opera took place Monday night with celebrities including Meg Ryan, Christine Baranski, Kerry Washin...

OPERA: CultureZohn (Singing in the Streets)

Patricia Zohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Patricia Zohn

2010-09-27-rheingoldbox.jpgThe Metropolitan Opera offers proof that the double dealing, back-stabbing, larger-than-life emotion of Wagner rivals any of our great governmental dramas.

How Do You Lose $5,960,000 on an Opera?

Ivan Katz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Ivan Katz

A deficit this stunning could only have happened as a result of world-class incompetence. It is a management failure without parallel in American opera history.

Ring Around Los Angeles

Barry A. Sanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Barry A. Sanders

LA Opera's visionary production of The Ring in June not only marks the first time this monumental masterpiece will be presented in LA, but it also creates a great opportunity.

Woodstock for Wagnerians

Ivan Katz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Ivan Katz

In Seattle, as in Bayreuth, Germany, you get your Wagner in a highly concentrated dose. Woodstock for Wagnerians... without the mud.