Tag Archives: Ring Cycle

Girl’s Night at the Met

by Suzanne Calvin

Those rambunctious Valkyries take center stage tonight on “Great Performances” (8:00 pm on KERA, Channel 13) but I, for one, will have my eye on tenor Jonas Kaufmann as Siegmund. Here’s a taste of what we can expect before the evening is done. The controversial machine that dominates the Robert Lepage production is…mmm…interesting. Some of the same […]

Great Expectations, Part Two

by Suzanne Calvin

May I leave work early? Please? I want to have my cat, my iced tea, my libretto, my program notes, and my ottoman in place for tonight’s airing of Robert Lepage’s controversial and acclaimed new production of Wagner’s “Das Rheingold” on the PBS series “Great Performances” airing on KERA, Channel 13 at 8 p.m. our time.  […]

Too Much Dough, or Just Enough?

by Suzanne Calvin

Op-Ed contributor Alex Ross in yesterday’s “New York Times” tackles the perception of the high cost of producing opera in tough times — even as the Met prepares to unveil the first part of its brand-new “Ring” Cycle, a four-part, two-year endeavor. The terrific prose you expect from Alex Ross and some interesting insights and […]

Where One Ends and the Other Begins; That is the Question

by Suzanne Calvin

(Image courtesy of ofletters.com) Mark Swed posted an interesting essay on the LA Times’ Culture Monster blog about the hand-wringing among some local bureaucrats over the mounting of a new Ring Cycle and an accompanying Wagner Festival scheduled to take center stage next spring in the City of Angels. Evidently, fearing that Angelenos might spontaneously shape-shift under Richard Wagner’s pernicious influence […]