Saturday, September 08, 2012

Ring week

Monday evening begins a four-day run of Met moviecasts on TV (PBS): specifically, the four parts of Wagner's Ring cycle in Robert Lepage's flashily literal production. Friday's digestif is Susan Froemke's documentary on the development and implementation of this staging. Review posts from the operas' initial runs:
Das Rheingold
Die Walküre
The final segment, Götterdämmerung, was caught in my lost half-season of posts from 2011-2012 (which may yet be resurrected from notes). It was, production-wise, the most comically literal installment of all, and I wonder if the intimate HD treatment won't make this seem more silly rather than less.

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Absolutely no axe-grinding, please.