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Report on the Budapest Ring

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A subscriber writes: The good news is that the Budapest Ring was a staged performance over four consecutive days with (some) outstanding singers and a fine orchestra, performed in a modern, comfortable and acoustically fine venue, the Bela Bartok National Concert Hall.  This format does not lend itself to any significant interpretative direction: no updating […]

Hartford Ring R.I.P.

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Distressing news from the fledgling Hartford Wagner Festival. The production of Das Rheingold scheduled for this August has been cancelled. The immediate cause is not poor ticket sales, but rather the withdrawal of several artists from the endeavor. The planned use of a “digital orchestra” in the performances prompted not merely curiosity — and condemnation […]

Washington National Opera Announces 2016 Ring

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Washington National Opera has announced that the Ring production that it co-commissioned with San Francisco Opera, directed by Francesca Zambello, will be presented in three cycles from April 30 to May 22, 2016, at the Kennedy Center Opera House. The conductor is Philipp Auguin, music director of the WNO, whose Tristan last year was terrific.  […]

The Ring in Hartford, Connecticut

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We have received a press release from the Hartford [CT] Wagner Festival, announcing a new production of Das Rheingold in August 2014 at the Roberts Theater of the Kingswood Oxford School in West Hartford, CT.  The plan is to mount one drama each summer and to present two complete Ring Cycles each year beginning in […]

Wotan’s Eye: Was it Right, and What is Left?

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The current issue of the invaluable Wagner Journal includes an article by Michael Trimble, Dale C. Hesdorffer and Robert Letellier on “The Mystery of Wotan’s Missing Eye.”  It reports on a study of production photographs concluding that, though the author never provided for instructions, nearly all actors playing Wotan portrayed a damaged left eye rather […]

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