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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Thanks Annie!

    When it says radically stripped back, though, do we know precisely WHAT has been stripped back? Is it like the semi-Colon ring?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Thanks Annie!

    When it says radically stripped back, though, do we know precisely WHAT has been stripped back? Is it like the semi-Colon ring?
    Seems like the runtime is 16 hours if we gauge it by the accompanying feature showing the maestro conducting the ring.

    They do talk about the operas being complete. Maybe the stripped back part is not the music but rather the staging, down to the basics, conceptually speaking. Or design-wise. See this, for example: [clicky]
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    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Thanks Annie!

    When it says radically stripped back, though, do we know precisely WHAT has been stripped back? Is it like the semi-Colon ring?


    Sorry. Don't know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Thanks Annie!

    When it says radically stripped back, though, do we know precisely WHAT has been stripped back? Is it like the semi-Colon ring?
    I'm pretty sure they're uncut. I've read rave reviews from Wagnerians. They mean cut back in the stagings: they're much closer to a concert version than a staged version. The orchestra is on stage, and there is mood lighting and projections. The projections carry the surtitling, and may also have additional narrative/contextualizing text (I read one thing that suggested that, but I have not seen these for myself):

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    And I agree, thank you Ann! I'm excited to know that I'll be able to watch these!

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    BBC Arts and The Space present Richard Wagner’s monumental Ring cycle, in a radically stripped-back, critically acclaimed production by Opera North. Filmed during live performances in 2016, this is total immersion in a unique, all-encompassing music drama. Watch the complete production from Sunday, 12 February 2017.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/arti...ers-ring-cycle

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    Washington National Opera, suffering following the financial collapse, postpones staging their planned production of Götterdämmerung several years ago and substituted 2 performances done in concert. At the time, I had never seen GD, and don't believe had ever heard it all the way through, for that matter, and was blown away by what turned out to be a stunning semi-staged performance.

    Worked better than their fully staged production, which is pretty lame. SF Opera shares this Ring with WNO and will be staging it next year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Worked better than their fully staged production, which is pretty lame. SF Opera shares this Ring with WNO and will be staging it next year.
    Awwwwwww, don't tell me it's lame!... I'm already planning my vacation for San Fran in 2018. : ) I love what I've read about Zambello's "American Ring" concept (I think we've established I'm a regie-loving abnormality).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Washington National Opera, suffering following the financial collapse, postpones staging their planned production of Götterdämmerung several years ago and substituted 2 performances done in concert. At the time, I had never seen GD, and don't believe had ever heard it all the way through, for that matter, and was blown away by what turned out to be a stunning semi-staged performance.

    Worked better than their fully staged production, which is pretty lame. SF Opera shares this Ring with WNO and will be staging it next year.
    I quite like semi staged too, and in NZ it's the only way I get to see non-warhorse opera. Nixon in China last year was fantastic.
    Natalie

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    Munich is restreaming Semiramide with Joyce DiDonato, Alex Esposito, Daniela Barcellona and Lawrence Brownlee for just over 24 hours, so drop everything and watch it. clicky
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nemorino View Post
    Awwwwwww, don't tell me it's lame!... I'm already planning my vacation for San Fran in 2018. : ) I love what I've read about Zambello's "American Ring" concept (I think we've established I'm a regie-loving abnormality).
    Without getting too specific, Zambello's Ring has an environmental theme (which I think is a stretch - instead of burning Valhalla, the chorus drags filled black trash bags across the stage and dump them off a cliff. Sort of.) It might, however, resonate more successfully this spring than a year ago.

    That said, her Die Walküre is brilliant - the clearest and most dramatic rendering of the opera I've seen (I've only seen 4 live, but it's hard to imagine that this can be bettered). We also had Nina Stemme's Brunnhilde and a surprisingly good Alan Held as Wotan.

    There also are superb moments in Das Rheingold (like when Fafner and Fasolt descend from the flies on an I-beam, reminiscent of the iconic photo of workers eating lunch on the exposed superstructure of the Empire State building in the 1930s)


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