Post by Bert Coules
The Rheingold wasn't entirely successful for me. There was a lot of closeup
camerawork which rather detracted from the very aspect that made the live
performance unique: the big projection screens and the placing of the singers
in relation to the orchestra. And according to people who saw the show in
various venues, some key moments which involved close correspondence between
the actors and the screens went for next to nothing on the broadcast.
Musically it was pretty good, and what did come across of the staging worked
well, Loge's obsessive (would-be firelike?) finger-fluttering apart.
From the point of view of building a new audience for the work (and the
Beeb's trails have apparently been slanted in that direction, with references
to The Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones) it's a real pity that the rest
of the cycle is only available online.
It didn't work for me. The orchestra was (much) better than I expected,
and so was the conducting, but the singers did not convince me,
actually none of them, all too weak. Since all 'Eurotrash' we have
around, I personally prefer concert performances, as I can make my own
staging in my head. I did like the projections, though. In a few words,
maybe good enough for an audience toe watch and hear in the concert
hall, but not good enough for me. So, you'll understand, Bert, I'm not
that interested in the rest of THIS Ring.
Met vriendelijke groet,
Herman van der Woude