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Das Liebesverbot in Leipzig

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Wagner approached Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure intending, at the outset, to “take the seriousness out of it.”  This is like adapting Hamlet but skipping the part about the Dad’s murder.  The result is fundamentally flawed unless you forget the Shakespeare entirely and take Das Liebesverbot on its own terms.  Once that adjustment is made, it becomes interesting and, as evidence of Wagner’s...

Die Feen at Leipzig

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On a dreary, cloudy, drizzly, chilly afternoon in Leipzig, the Wagner 22 Festival got off to a happy start with a performance of Wagner’s earliest work, Die Feen. I had never heard a note of this piece until this fine performance and I found it entrancing.  I had been told that this was 20-year old Wagner’s attempt to model Weber’s Die Freischütz, but I kept hearing Beethoven in this young...

Bayreuth 2021

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Forty years after reporting on my first visit to Bayreuth, the city in the time of Covid is, in many respects, eerie.  Familiar shops and restaurants have gone out of business from the cancellation of last year’s Festival, and the reduction of this year’s visitors by half meant an unsettling lack of queues.  From the yellowing paper in the window of the closed wine store Süsse Quelle on the...

The Met Revives Lepage’s Astounding Ring Cycle

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Robert Lepage’s brilliant production of the Ring was revived at the Metropolitan Opera this Spring and Mr. Lepage has had the last laugh.  The run was sold out, the “machine” came to life, the singers were sensational, and it was an almost unadulterated triumph...

A Glorious, Laughing Siegfried in Chicago

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Lyric Opera of Chicago is building a theatrically exciting, musically impressive Ring Cycle.  The addition of Siegfried in November 3, 2018, confirms the persistence of creative vision and the assuredness with which the project has been planned and executed, and makes one eager of the full Cycles in April 2020.  Without any sense of either comparing or competing, I don’t think there has been, or...

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