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Der Ring Des Nibelungen

Kids, Make It New! Patrice Chéreau (1944-2013)

Norman MacAfee | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Norman MacAfee

Patrice Chéreau, the French theater director, was barely 32 when he began remaking, rethinking, reimagining Richard Wagner's music drama, Der Ring d...

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.

11 Cultural Highs From San Francisco's 2011 Arts Calendar

George Heymont | Posted 02.25.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

The San Francisco Bay area has such a vibrant arts community that prioritizing events can become a mind-numbing exercise. Here is a slideshow of the 11 most thrilling events I attended in 2011.

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.

Na Lei Hulu I Ka Wekiu Celebrates 25 Years of Hula in San Francisco

George Heymont | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

For those of us who grew up on the East Coast, what little we knew about hula came from the movies. Shortly after moving to San Francisco on my 25th b...

Ring Festival LA: The Legacy

Barry A. Sanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Barry A. Sanders

This is my final post on Ring Festival LA, a festival that gave birth to a spirit of community collaboration that will continue for years to enliven Los Angeles' cultural scene.

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.

Festivals Within a Festival

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

Ring Festival LA is in swing. Cinephiles and connoisseurs of the unusual will not be disappointed in upcoming Festival events.

The Twilight of the Festival

Barry A. Sanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Barry A. Sanders

The final Ring Festival LA symposium and performance concluded on Sunday. The Opera's performances were as beautiful and exciting as we had hoped during all the years of their preparation.

A Touch of Irony in LA Opera's Final "Ring" Entry

Donna Perlmutter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Donna Perlmutter

When Achim Freyer and the Los Angeles Opera unveiled their final Ring entry, Götterdämmerung, there was more than a hint of Wagner's capacity for irony.

All Right, Mr. DeMille, Ready for the Close-Up

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

LA truly becomes "Bayreuth by the Beach" on Memorial Day weekend with the opening of the first of three cycles of The Ring by Richard Wagner at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

Ho-jo-to-ho! High Art And Pop Culture Put a Ring on It, LA Style

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

LA Opera's Ring is sure to leave a lasting impression on the LA arts scene, but the origins of this production actually go back more than a half-century.

Ring Festival Fever

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

A wide array of Ring Festival events that offer something for every taste and interest are taking place around town.

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.

A Demagogue In Full Cry

Ivan Katz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ivan Katz

Los Angeles Supervisor Mike Antonovich has earned a place of distinction in the Pantheon of Public Stupidity.

The Scent of an Opera

Ivan Katz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Ivan Katz

This opera was a half hour of New Age-ish music accompanied by twenty-three smells, twenty-four if you count the guy sitting next to you.