Something With a ‘Ring’ to It Something With a ‘Ring’ to It

Cycle II represented an embarrassment of musical riches.

on May 06, 2019 at 6:24 PM
The end is the beginning of the end The end is the beginning of the end

At the Metropolitan Opera’s Götterdämmerung on Saturday afternoon, the fires which consumed the Gods burned lukewarm.

on April 29, 2019 at 9:40 AM
Mannes Ehre, ewige mocked Mannes Ehre, ewige mocked

When Anthony Tommasini finds more political content in the Ring than your stage director does, you’re doing it wrong.

on March 28, 2019 at 11:41 AM
Get in the ‘Ring’ Get in the ‘Ring’

Wagner’s Ring is an artistic masterpiece that is peerless in its ability to continually reveal layers of musical, theatrical, and philosophical insight

on March 18, 2019 at 4:09 PM
Baby the rain must fall Baby the rain must fall

As Brünnhilde invokes the gods of an empty Valhalla for one last time and strides confidently into a wall of flame, we pause for a moment, unsure of what will follow.

on June 19, 2018 at 9:30 AM
Human, all too human Human, all too human

Siegfried is, in a sense, The Ring’s odd one out.

on June 17, 2018 at 12:45 PM
The hipster demigoddess The hipster demigoddess

If Das Rheingold is an opera about infinitude, the illusory idea that the world is large enough to satisfy all of our desires, passions, and lusts, Die Walküre is an opera about scarcity.

on June 15, 2018 at 12:23 PM
San Francisco, open your Rheingold gate San Francisco, open your Rheingold gate

Casting the Ring as a parable for the state of the current world, seen through the eyes of a progressive urban opera lover (and not an early German nationalist), offers us soothing self-justification.

on June 13, 2018 at 9:04 PM
Cher public, affrettati, precipita per l’etra! Cher public, affrettati, precipita per l’etra!

La Cieca’s familiar spirits have been turning their generally steely eyes to the Future Met Wiki, attempting in vain to make sense of impending repertoire and casting at Casa Gelb.

on December 08, 2015 at 9:50 AM
Get your kicks on Route Sechsundsechzig Get your kicks on Route Sechsundsechzig

Revealed: first images of Frank Castorf‘s production of the Ring, launching Friday at Bayreuth.

on July 23, 2013 at 5:26 PM
Pardon the expression, but this is a steal Pardon the expression, but this is a steal

The complete recording of Der Ring des Nibelungen conducted by Christian Thielemann at the Bayreuth Festival is now on sale for only $5.99. And, no, I am not making this up.

on July 04, 2013 at 11:42 AM
Highlight of the gods Highlight of the gods

Our JJ’s recent reminiscences over at WQXR about the whopping cost of a Ring recording back in the Mad Men era seemed all the more startling to La Cieca when she took a gander at a “new” live Ring offered by our friends at Opera Depot.

on June 04, 2013 at 12:34 AM
Zurück vom “Ring!” Zurück vom “Ring!”

Peter Gelb says the Ring will definitely not return, as originally planned, in 2017, and where has La Cieca heard that before?

on May 17, 2013 at 8:57 PM
Twilight time Twilight time

And finally, we come to the last night of our Ring-watching experience, cher public.

on September 14, 2012 at 9:00 AM
Kid stuff Kid stuff

Ring mania continues tonight at 9 pm with Siegfried on PBS.

on September 13, 2012 at 9:00 AM
Sibling revelry Sibling revelry

Welcome, cher public, to the second night of the week’s Wagnerama.

on September 12, 2012 at 9:00 AM
Rainbow party Rainbow party

Welcome, cher public, to the first night of our Ring-watching experience

on September 11, 2012 at 9:00 AM
Träume Center Träume Center

This is Ring week here at parterre.com, cher public.

on September 10, 2012 at 9:00 AM
The Wurm turns The Wurm turns

The Met’s controversial Ring cycle, directed by Robert Lepage (not pictured) and conducted by TBA (possibly pictured) makes its home video debut on September 11.

on August 07, 2012 at 11:50 PM
Suppose they gave a Ring and no one came Suppose they gave a Ring and no one came

For whatever reason (Lack of James Levine? Incompetence of Robert LePage? The economy? Wagner overload?), next season’s Ring cycle at the Met doesn’t seem to be selling.

on August 03, 2012 at 12:40 PM
Planks, for the memory Planks, for the memory

The Robert Lepage production of the Ring cycle will be shown complete (including the now de rigueur fifth part of the pentalogy, Wagner’s Dream) September 11-14 on PBS

on August 02, 2012 at 12:55 PM
You got a brand new key signature You got a brand new key signature

You can call Robert Lepage many things (and the critics have!), but one thing you cannot call him is “inflexible.”

on May 16, 2012 at 12:39 AM
How sharper than a serpent’s tooth How sharper than a serpent’s tooth

“The Met’s new Ring is the most frustrating opera production I have ever had to grapple with.”

on April 25, 2012 at 1:53 PM
Eye rolling Eye rolling

It turns out we were wrong all along, cher public: the Robert Lepage production of the Ring at the Met is in fact a triumph.

on April 22, 2012 at 5:53 PM