Wagner Notes

Paul Du Quenoy
July 2019

It's back! For the second time the Metropolitan Opera has revived Robert Lepage's much loathed production of Wagner's epic tetralogy, which is famously dominated by a vast mechanical contraption ("the  machine")  with  twenty-four moving planks. Alas, after nearly ten years in the Met's repertoire, this massive effort, which cost tens of millions of dollars to create and millions more to accommodate on the Met[...]

Nina Krauthamer and Charles Blum
May 2019

The exquisitely renovated Grand Théâtre de Genève opened its doors to three Ring Cycles in Feb.-March 2019. We were fortunately able to attend the third cycle (March 12-March 17, 2019). […]

Stephen Wagley
December 2018

Great singing and convincing acting marked the revival of Keith Warner’s production of the Ring at the Royal Opera House in October. Warner’s conception was generally forceful and intelligent; the […]

Yuval Sharon, the first American to stage a new production at Bayreuth, has created a Lohengrin that is gorgeous and introspective yet very accessible, at least by Bayreuth standards. Focused […]

Ellen Scaruffi
August 2018

Exuberant enthusiasm characterized both the performance and the audience reaction to the third cycle of Francesca Zambello production of the Ring at the San Francisco Opera. The Orchestra under conductor […]