Here's a new take on the Ring, courtesy of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
Posted August 30, 2013
This is a very original interpretation of the Tannhäuser Pilgerchor on unusual instruments in front of a backdrop of scenes from Bayreuth.
It is unclear if these were included in the early drafts of the score for Tannhäuser.
And the instruments are: beer bottle, kazoo, computer melodyne and vuvuzela.
Posted August 26, 2013
Houston Grand Opera is presenting it's first ever Ring production. This will be the individual operas of the Ring, sadly it will not be presented in a festival setting of all 4 operas. However, each of the operas has it's own great aspects and here is an opportunity to order early, get great seats and save a little Rheingold in the bargain. Houston will be presenting the La Fura Dels Baus production originally from Valencia Spain.
Houston Grand Opera
August 23, 2013
Musicologist and concert pianist, Dr. William Kinderman has recently published a book on Wagner's Parsifal, entitled Wagner's Parsifal, sudies in Musical Genesis, Structure and Interpretation. Published on Oxford University Press, this new book is the definitive work on Wagner's final music drama.
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: