06 September 2009

Seattle Ring in August

Three complete cycles of Seattle Opera’s production of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen has recently been performed at McCaw Hall.

The production was first unveiled in 2001, "inspired by the beauty of the Pacific Northwest". Director Stephen Wadsworth and conductor Robert Spano, music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, returned for this summer’s production, which featured singers like Janice Baird, Stig Andersen and Greer Grimsley.

On Seattle Opera’s website, guest bloggers have been invited to contribute to the Seattle Opera blog, and the blog also featured a daily caption-writing contest. Doing what all opera houses in my opinion should do, the Seattle Opera used YouTube as part of their marketing stretegy. A new video series called The Road to Valhalla gave viewers a look behind the scenes into the complex activities that go into producing the Ring Cycle, and trailers (see below) were also put on YouTube.

The Seattle Ring videos

Das Rheingold - the Seattle Opera Way

Die Walküre - the Seattle Opera Way

Siegfried - the Seattle Opera Way

Götterdämmerung - the Seattle Opera Way

The Seattle Opera
The Seattle Opera Blog


Anonymous said...

Beautifully done, especially Greer Grimsley.

Anonymous said...

With all the technology available and the strong Fafner voice, why such a wimpy, poorly designed dragon? What good is seeing the rump of the snake if it doesn't move at all?