An Alternative Look at Wagner's Ring Cycle

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Friday, October 08, 2010

The New York Metropolitan Opera spent some $16 million on the elaborate set and notoriously high-tech production of "Das Rheingold," the first of the four operas that comprise Richard Wagner's "Ring" cycle. Meanwhile, amongst the repurposed warehouses of Bushwick, Brooklyn, Performance Lab 115 has placed the first two operas of the "Ring" cycle in the kitschy Americana of a 1980's wrestling ring.

In this week's Arts File on WQXR, WNYC's Kerry Nolan speaks to John Mauceri, who has worked with Wagner's music throughout his career as a conductor and orchestra director. Mauceri takes a look at Wagner's historic story, and the benefits and perils of taking it out of the context of opera.

Photo © Sue Kessler/ Performance Lab 115
Still from Performance Lab 115's production of Wagner's Ring Cycle
Photo © Sue Kessler/ Performance Lab 115
Still from Performance Lab 115's production of Wagner's Ring Cycle
Photo © Sue Kessler/ Performance Lab 115
Still from Performance Lab 115's production of Wagner's Ring Cycle
Photo © Sue Kessler/ Performance Lab 115
Still from Performance Lab 115's production of Wagner's Ring Cycle

Guests:

John Mauceri

Hosted by:

Kerry Nolan

Produced by:

Julia Furlan

Comments [3]

Go back to WNYC "The Ring and I: The Passion, The Myth, The Mania", from March 2, 2004. There is an audio file, at
http://www.wnyc.org/articles/music/2004/mar/02/the-ring-and-i-the-passion-the-myth-the-mania/

You will love it. Or you will hate it.

Oct. 20 2010 12:19 AM

This is quite amusing.

Oct. 19 2010 03:35 PM
LizzW from NYC

It was great to hear Mauceri! He always has something interesting to say. Let's hear more from him. He would be a great host for the Met Broadcasts for sure.

Oct. 09 2010 10:37 AM

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