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Götterdämmerung

On the Future of Wagnerism: Do New Revelations About Hitler's Taste in Art Cast New Light on Wagner Appreciation?

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 04.20.2014 | Arts
Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.

What's to be done about someone whose art is or seems to be so great, but whose prejudices were unquestionably contributory to great evil? How do you continue to appreciate art once aware of the enormity it was accessory to?

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...

Götterdämmerung in Seattle

Ivan Katz | Posted 10.29.2013 | Arts
Ivan Katz

None of the Ring operas are easy to conduct, and Götterdämmerung is perhaps most difficult of all. The music is vast, sprawling, and all too often it is in the service of some of Wagner's weakest dramaturgy.

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...

Like & Dislike List: Back to the Future on Broadway, Office Spin-Off, New Hunger Games and More!

Kris LoPresto | Posted 04.04.2012 | Entertainment
Kris LoPresto

Like: The Ferris Bueller Honda Super Bowl Spot. Over 10 million views and counting! For a commercial! Does anyone not love this spot?

A Modern-Day Retelling Of 'Jane Eyre'

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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.

WATCH: BLOG WATCH> Wagner At War On The Rest Is Noise

therestisnoise.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

The website Wagner Opera has uploaded to YouTube a scene from the 1941 Nazi propaganda film Stukas, in which a clinically depressed fighter pilot hear...

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.

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.

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.

OPERA: Pop Critic Takes On The 'Ring'

Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

"Singing is physical elasticity, nothing else," wrote the German vocal teacher Franzisca Martienssen-Lohmann in 1923. Her description was prosaic, mea...

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.

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.