Our Own JJ has been thinking about Bayreuth some more, this time in the pages of Musical America.
If Frank Castorf‘s work on Der Ring des Nibelungen at Bayreuth accomplishes nothing else, it should serve as a sort of loud disorganized reminder of the dangers of indulging in the intentional fallacy. Read more »
Mark your calendars and set your alarm clocks, cher public, for 13 October 2013 at 18:00 CEST (that is, noon
2:00 PM in New York City) when individual tickets for the 2014 Bayreuth Festival will go on sale online. Dates available include a complete cycle of the controversial Frank Castorf Ring as well as two performances of the classic Nelsons/Neuenfels Lohengrin. [Bayreuther Festspiele]
All right, I admit it; I finally broke down and read the program notes for the Ring in the Bayreuth program book.
I’m told that the public were, if hardly enthusiastic, at least ambivalent toward the Frank Castorf Ring up until the first performance of Siegfried, at which point things got really ugly and the booing started in earnest.
First things first: working from the limited evidence of half or less than half of Frank Castorf’s production of the Ring, I don’t see any evidence of contempt for the audience or whatever you want to call it.
There are some productions that “introduce” themselves quite clearly early on: for example, the Patrice Chereau Ring puts it cards on the table very frankly with the image of the hydroelectric dam populated by grisette Rhinedaughters.
Our Own JJ (right) reports he is ready and relatively un-jetlagged for Das Rheingold tonight at Bayreuth. He'll have comments afterward.