Die Walküre is an opera about solemn contracts and behavior that is arbitrary and capricious. It is an opera about lust, and an opera in which love is punished.
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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...
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.
The Metropolitan Opera offers proof that the double dealing, back-stabbing, larger-than-life emotion of Wagner rivals any of our great governmental dramas.
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.
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.
The movie industry can give 17 Oscars to 10 hours of movies about a magic ring, but they'd rather not pay attention to 19 hours of opera about a magic ring.
In Seattle, as in Bayreuth, Germany, you get your Wagner in a highly concentrated dose. Woodstock for Wagnerians... without the mud.
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