On 11/29/16 12:16 PM, Mike Scott Rohan, at
Post by Mike Scott Rohan Post by Peter
Might anyone know what happened to the four year schedule of Seattle Rings,
since I understand that there will not be a Seattle Ring in 2017?
As a regular Seattle supporter I get bulletins, but there's been no mention of
it. I think the new director is waiting and hoping everyone will forget the
old one before he follows it up -- probably with something Eurotrashy. All too
Young people always want something new. They want to have the latest. If
anything has been around for a few years, it gets old quickly, like stale
bread or mouldy cheese.
The day can't be too far off -- no more than one or two more decades -- when
the newest, most revolutionary thing will be a production of Wagner's Ring
that slavishly follows, insofar as possible, his own stage directions. That
will be the latest, and few people then alive will have seen anything like
it. Production managers will compete with each other to try to approximate,
as best they can, exactly what Richard Wagner called for. Critics will have
fun excoriating the productions that do not hew to the new line quickly
enough, and they will enjoy pointing out how these original, authentic
productions are susceptible to a wealth of interpretations, not just the one
that some bearded, beatnik stage manager wants to foist on us.
The challenge for us old-timers will be to live long enough to see it.