11 June 2010

John Treleaven and Linda Watson criticize Achim Freyer's L.A. Ring

John Treleaven (Siegfried) and Linda Watson (Brünnhilde) have criticized director Achim Freyer's production of Der Ring des Nibelungen in Los Angeles as artistically flawed and physically dangerous, Los Angeles Times reports. They also have spoken up about their backstage skirmishes with the idiosyncratic auteur.

John Treleaven has been hurt twice during stand-alone productions of "Siegfried" and "Götterdämmerung". The culprit is the severely raked, or angled, stage that forces singers to perform as if on the side of a slope. The rake is among the steepest ever used by the company.

Linda Watson, who will sing Brünnhilde in the Dorst / Thielemann Ring at Bayreuth this summer, called the set the "most dangerous stage I've been on in my entire career."

Los Angeles Timesa article

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