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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.

Die Walkure in Seattle

Ivan Katz | Posted 10.28.2013 | Arts
Ivan Katz

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.

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.

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.

Make Nice or I Quit!

Ivan Katz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Ivan Katz

When Peter Stein and the Metropolitan Opera attempted to flesh out the back story behind Stein's withdrawal from a new production of Boris Godunov, the formerly mysterious story became utterly incomprehensible.

World Premiere of Daron Hagen's Opera Amelia

Ivan Katz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Ivan Katz

On May 8, 2010, the world premiere of Daron Aric Hagen's opera Amelia, to a libretto by Gardner McFall, took place at the Seattle Opera.