Graham Bruce reviews the Royal Opera’s recent revival of Keith Warner’s production of Der Ring des Nibelungen.
Peter Bassett’s essay ‘Contemplating the Meistersinger’ has been published in Limelight (November 2018), and is also presented here for your interest.
The 2018 Verdi Festival in Parma. Review by Graham Bruce, October 2018. Italy’s Verdi Festival which takes place in the composer’s homeland of Parma and Busseto, again this year made clear why it offers something different from the familiar run of Verdi productions:
San Francisco Ring Cycle, June 2018; Review by Sheena Burnell
Colin Mackerras concludes that Wagner’s story and conception makes more sense and is more emotionally satisfying than Kasper Holten’s.
Graham Bruce visited Dresden in February this year for Der Ring there.
Siegfried’s role at the centre of the drama as envisaged by Wagner in 1848 had certainly changed by the time Der Ring des Nibelungen premiered in Bayreuth in August 1876.
Read the fascinating story of Norma Gadsden.
Peter Bassett’s article provides an interesting and informative background to the work.
Readers may find it that Wagner originally had other names in mind for his gods and goddesses, Nibelungs, Rhinedaughters, heroes, giants and the rest…