August 6, 2002


Gregory Hlatky at A Dog's Life notes this story :
Canadian Opera Company to Stage Canada's First Ring (Canadian Press, 1 August 2002)
The Canadian Opera Company announced the team Wednesday that will help stage Richard Wagner's complete Ring cycle, a first for any opera company in this country.

The COC said it has put together an operatic "dream team" of directors — Atom Egoyan, Franois Girard, Michael Levine and Tim Albery — each of whom will take charge of one of the four operas that make up the Ring cycle. Richard Bradshaw will conduct all four productions, and Levine will design the sets.

The schedule: Die WalkŸre (Egoyan) in spring 2004; Siegfried (Girard), winter 2005; GštterdŠmmerung (Albery), winter 2005 and Das Rheingold (Levine), 2006.

The first three operas will be performed at the COC's current home, the Hummingbird Centre in Toronto, but three full Ring cycles, including Das Rheingold, will be performed at the company's new Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts during the 2005–2006 season.

Which reminds me of one of the strangest experiences of my life. The summer after my sophmore year at Colgate I went to see Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung) in Seattle. During intermissions, you'd race to the bar and have to fight your way through flocks of little old German ladies reminiscing about Bayreuth in '38 and how smashing the Fuhrer looked in his uniform that year.
Posted by Orrin Judd at August 6, 2002 10:20 AM
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