Category Archives: The Wagner Blog

The Death and Heroism of Siegfried

In his thin and challenging book, The Trouble with Wagner, Prof. Michael Steinberg of Brown University shares a dramaturge’s perspective on the Ring Cycle — both from his academic scrutiny and from the experience of acting in the position of dramaturge in the production of the work recently staged at La Scala and Berlin State […]

The Met Revives Lepage’s Astounding Ring Cycle

Robert Lepage’s brilliant production of the Ring was revived at the Metropolitan Opera this Spring and Mr. Lepage has had the last laugh.  The run was sold out, the “machine” came to life, the singers were sensational, and it was an almost unadulterated triumph. The “machine” is a neutral platform comprising an apron and a […]

Nilsson: The Great Live Recordings

Those of us who remember attending performances of Birgit Nilsson sometimes wonder whether we are living in a delusion – falling into our grandfathers’ habitual complaints that, when we were young, the singers were so much better, the cheese more tasty, winters crisper, and walking to school was uphill both ways. Could Nilsson really have […]

A Glorious, Laughing Siegfried in Chicago

Lyric Opera of Chicago is building a theatrically exciting, musically impressive Ring Cycle.  The addition of Siegfried in November 3, 2018, confirms the persistence of creative vision and the assuredness with which the project has been planned and executed, and makes one eager of the full Cycles in April 2020.  Without any sense of either […]