08 October 2009

The Road to the LA Ring

According to the Los Angeles Opera, the first "Road to the Ring" events have set a path to the Festival and garnered enthusiasm from participants across the region.

Search lights brought people from miles away to view Charles Sherman's Ring of Inclusion sculpture on Sunset Boulevard August 28. In mid-September, artists from the California Art Club gathered downtown at California Plaza and in Pasadena at Maranantha High School to paint models enacting scenes from the Ring in plein air.

In anticipation of the September 26 opening of LA Opera's first-ever production of Siegfried, the Speakers Bureau has been on the road lecturing about the opera at public libraries throughout Los Angeles. James Conlon, LA Opera's Richard Seaver Music Director, discussed Wagner's monumental work at the Broad Stage on September 24. Achim Freyer, Ring Director/Designer, conversed with journalist Matthew Gurewitsch at the Goethe Institut on September 29th.

1 comment:

Raul in Miami said...

I went to the second performance of Siegfried and I'm not sure I'll go see the whole cycle.

Musically, rather sloppy orchestra playing; specially the brass and wind instruments. The singing was good to very good for most of the parts, except the Siegfried of John Trealeven. Not very heroic and did not save anything for the final duet.

The production has some interesting things, but a lot of the stuff was a bit too distracting or unnecessary.