The Well-Tempered Ear

Classic music review: Met’s new ‘Ring’ cycle gets high praise despite a glitch

October 2, 2010

A reminder: The Oakwood Chamber Players kick off their new season tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Oakwood Village West Auditorium, 6209 Mineral Point Road. Then on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. they repeat the program of Sharma, Beethoven and Brahms at a new venue for them: the UW Arboretum Visitors Center. For more information, visit

By Jacob Stockinger

This past Monday marked the opening of the Metropolitan Opera’s new season with a band new “Ring” cycle by Richard Wagner done by director Robert Lepage and featuring Bryn Terfel (below) as Wotan along with Stephanie Blythe and Deborah Voigt.

It was  conducted by James Levine, who has returned recuperated from some difficult surgery.

The production sounded promising musically, dramatically and in terms of stagecraft, despite a glitch.

Here are some reviews from the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and others.

Such reviews whet my appetite.

If you couldn’t be there in person, my guess is the next best thing will be the live 3-hour high-definition broadcast a week from today. In Madison that will be at the Point and Eastgate cinemas on Saturday, Oct. 9, at noon.

Tickets are $24 for adults, $18 for children under 12 and are now on sale at the cinema box offices and on-line.

This fifth season is expanded from last season and will feature 12 presentations with 12 encore or repeat presentations.

For more dates, times, productions and casts, you can check here:

And for information about the Marcus Theatre schedules, check here:

and here:

The second of the four Ring operas, “Die Walkure” (5-1/2 hours) will be broadcast in mid-May.

Here is more of a taste of Wagner:

First, here is Robert Lepage discussing his prodcution:

And here is some of the music from the opening of “Das Rheingold”:

Maybe I’ll be seeing you at “Das Rheingold.”

Let us know what you think of the new production, musically and dramatically and technically.

The Ear wants to hear.

Posted in Classical music

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