Tag Archives: Ring Cycle

The American Ring in the American Capital

One of the many rewards of attending Francesca Zambello’s production of the “American Ring” for the second time recently in Washington, DC, is the chance to admire, and chew on, the insights that she offers.  It is one thing to set the action of the Ring in the American mythological past – for example, to […]

James Levine Says Lieb Wohl

Some music-making of a very high caliber took place at New York’s Carnegie Hall on the evening of May 26, 2016, when James Levine closed out a three-concert series by the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra with selections from the Ring Cycle. The Met Orchestra has, for years, been by far the best band in New York, […]

Once More to the River

Tomorrow I drive down to Washington to attend the Ring.  It will be my 17th.  My first, at age 25, was the Goodall English-language production at the Coliseum in London, in December 1975, just after I graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. I find myself as excited to hear that E-flat as I […]

Critiquing a Critic

The worst thing a writer on the arts can do is to discuss a work he has not seen.  I once lambasted the excellent critic for the New Yorker, Alex Ross, for writing about the staging of the Metropolitan Opera’s Ring Cycle when he had seen each of the works but not the Cycle itself.  […]