“In this divisive moment in American politics, the Ring may feel newly relevant, epitomized by Michael Cohen, the former lawyer for President Trump, pointing to himself during recent congressional hearings, warning of what can happen when you are dazzled by power.” 

Or to put it another way, when Anthony Tommasini finds more political content in the Ring than your stage director does, you’re doing it wrong. (Image based on a photo by Richard Termine / Met Opera)