Friday, 13 May 2016

Richard Wagner, Der Ring des Nibelungen - Oper Leipzig

Ring cycle 5th - 8th May résumé

If an operahouse is doing a new Ring production it always is a huge effort and a very ambitious project. That Leipzig had to wait for 40 years to get a new one is a pity but they managed to bring this new Ring on stage with a very impressive level of competence. The production might not be a world-changing view of the plot but it tells the story appropriately and without any great contradictions. For the audience that is searching for a plain production that is more or less only serving the piece it surely is a recommendable production. People that want to have a totally innovative production that brings in a lot of interpretation and modern views might be disappointed, but the vocal quality of the performances compensates it all. Truly the vocal disposition of the cast is the main advantage of this Ring. I have never heard these roles with such qualitative voices that are able to hit all the notes and still sound beautifully. I can undoublty recommend everyone to see this Ring production, especially for people who see it for the first time. In some cases there is still room for improvement, but the Oper Leipzig did a good job with this quite ambitious project and it was definitely worth going there for the first cycle. The whole Ring gets 8 stars from me for a great cast and a very uncomplicated production.
Reviewed by Daniel Url

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