Post by kevemaher Post by jo'
Whenever a commentator says something like 'she's a good actress' I think 'hogcaller'. I've watched these YouTube videos and there's no way I'd pay money to be assaulted by such screeching. Honestly, what has opera come to today that this kind of trash performer can get anywhere near a stage?
Decided not to go to this Ring. Based on the comments above and on the distasteful production. Saw it in 2011 in SF. Had Stemma as B.
Greer Grimsley is a great Wotan. I'm not sure he's very well known outside the States. Aside from the conductor and orchestra, he's the biggest reason to go to this revival.
I will probably catch a Walkure, my favorite Ring opera. The SF opera orchestra is first class. Runnicles is an excellent Ring conductor. The opera house has a very classy 1930s style design with a very warm, mellow sound that works very well with Wagners's music.
It's nice to have the chance of any Ring at all, although I agree wholeheartedly about the staging -- not my favourite producer, by a long chalk. I mourn for the old SF Lehnhoff staging -- even after the earthquake, with bits of the auditorium dropping off.
Runnicles has always been one of my favourite conductors, though, and not just because as schoolboys we caught the bus through to Glasgow to see Scottish Opera's first Ring -- we didn't speak, a shame. Grimsley, as you say, isn't well known outside the USA, except of course to those of us who've frequented Seattle in the great days. I don't actually think his voice is very ingratiating, wiry and forceful rather than rich (and least effective in the Wanderer's bass-oriented range), but he has the character, the stamina and the intensity -- unlike, say, the more mellifluous Alan Held. Anyhow, enjoy as much as you can, and let us know!