I wrote far too much about this thing when I saw it live, relive the magic here.
- Das Rheingold
- Die Walküre (bonus: the HD-cast from the previous season)
- Götterdämmerung: a) the premiere, b) the full cycle version
If you'd like to see something more stimulating, consider the classic Boulez/Chéreau Ring, if you haven't seen it. You might also consider Harry Kupfer and Daniel Barenboim's excellent production, Kasper Holten's intelligent Copenhagen Ring, or the spotty but frequently brilliant Stuttgart Ring, split between four directors (Peter Konwitschny's Götterdämmerung in particular is unmissable). Unfortunately, last time I checked none of them were on Netflix. Try your local library, or if you've got the money some of these aren't as expensive as you might think.
On your local YouTubes you can watch two fascinating documentaries on the Ring cycle that have nothing to do with Lepage. The below video contains both: the first concerns the Chéreau Ring, the second, Sing Faster, shows the staging of the Ring at the San Francisco Opera. Both are super awesome and feature excellent vintage hairdos.
Sorry about the lack of blogging. There hasn't been much going on in New York, and I've been so busy with work I haven't been creative about finding other things to write about. See you soon.