Patrice Chéreau, the French theater director, was barely 32 when he began remaking, rethinking, reimagining Richard Wagner's music drama, Der Ring d...
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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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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 Festival LA is in swing. Cinephiles and connoisseurs of the unusual will not be disappointed in upcoming Festival events.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A wide array of Ring Festival events that offer something for every taste and interest are taking place around town.
In Seattle, as in Bayreuth, Germany, you get your Wagner in a highly concentrated dose. Woodstock for Wagnerians... without the mud.
Los Angeles Supervisor Mike Antonovich has earned a place of distinction in the Pantheon of Public Stupidity.
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.
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