Wagner Society Blogs
August 22, 2013
On August 13th it was announced that Bulgarian tenor Spas Wenkoff died at age 84. Many will remember Wenkoff's fabulous filmed performance as Tannhäuser opposite Dame Gwyneth Jones in the 1978 revival of Götz Friederich's then controversial Bayreuth production. This wonderful performance was re-released last year on DVD. To view it today, the production seems rather tame except for the highly erotic ballet sequence.
Posted August 21, 2013
Norman Lebrecht reported in his blog that a Bayreuth patron was found dead in his seat after Act II of Bayreuth's final 2013 performance of Götterdämmerung. The already long interval was extended in order that the staff were able to remove the body. The deceased patron was a retired police officer.
Here is a link to Lebrecht's column:
Posted August 9, 2013
For those who will be in Seattle Sunday August 11th in advance of Cycle #2 there is a special ancillary event - Laser Ring.
Join Seattle Opera’s BRAVO! Club for the Laser Ring, featuring Robert McClung narrating his playlist of Ring music enhanced by dramatic laser visuals projected onto a dome ceiling. Movie theater snacks are available for purchase, attendees are encouraged to dress casual and bring a pillow.
Posted August 3, 2013
Full review of the new Bayreuth Castorf Production of the Ring from the New York Times' Anthony Tommasini. All press reports remark that there was an unprescedented thunderstorm of booing after each production, but at the Götterdämmerung finale it is customary for the Conductor and the Orchestra to appear on stage. Castorf refused to leave the stage which resulted in over 10 minutes of non-stop boos.
Posted July 29, 2013
The Seattle Monorail will be open late hours in order to whisk Ring attendees back into the Downtown area. Here is the schedule.
The intent was to cut and paste the photos which were posted to the Intermezzo Web Blog. BUT much to this blogger's dismay, it is not possible to import photos in this manner. The structure of the Blog would require that every image be imported and inserted into the web page, one at a time, or into a photo gallery.
This is the reason you got the cast list and no pictures.
Here is the Link to Intermezzo Web Blog:
From Suddeutsche Zeitung July 26
A very "human" Ring with gangster Mr. Wotan, rather than a god, presiding over the proceedings.
Cut and paste the URL to translate.google.com for a very rough translation
Photo courtesy of Bayreuther Festspiele 2013
July 28, 2013
There is one excellent seat for sale in the Second Tier front section $440 ($110 each x 4)
Seller lists additional costs, but that is between the seller and the purchaser.
The BBC Proms are presenting a full set of concert performances of The Ring. The BBC Proms will also be performing "Parsifal" "Tristan und Isolde" and "Tannhauser." Here are the dates of all of the Proms broadcasts on BBC Radio3:
Monday 22 July - Das Rheingold
Tuesday 23 July - Die Walkure
Friday 26 July - Siegfried
Saturday 27 July - Tristan und Isolde
Sunday 28 July - Gotterdammerung
Thursday 1 August - Tannhauser
Sunday 25 August - Parsifal
Posted July 23, 2013
Conductor Andris Nelsons was injured in a freak accident during a rehearsal in Bayreuth. Nelsons collided with a door which opened unexpectedly, knocked the conductor out and he landed in the hospital with a concussion. He is expected to recover, hopefully in time for the August 2 opening night of Lohengrin.
One wonders if instead of seeing stars, Nelsons might have seen little rats.
We wish him a full and speedy resumption of his conducting schedule.
Photo courtesy of Gramophone.co.uk