View Poll Results: Favorite Ring Cycles (vote for as many as you like)

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  • Pierre Boulez, Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, 1980

    14 58.33%
  • James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, 1990

    12 50.00%
  • Daniel Barenboim, Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, 1991–1992

    8 33.33%
  • Bertrand de Billy, Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu, 2003–2004

    0 0%
  • Hartmut Haenchen, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, 2006

    0 0%
  • Zubin Mehta, Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana, 2007–2009

    1 4.17%
  • James Levine/Luisi, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, 2010-12. ​ "The Machine"

    6 25.00%
  • Sebastian Weigle,Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester, 2012

    0 0%
  • Daniel Barenboim, Teatro la Scala (Guy Cassiers) ​ ​2013

    3 12.50%
  • Roberto Paternostro, Teatro Colon Orchestra, 2013 "Colon Ring"

    0 0%
  • Michael Schønwandt, Royal Danish Orchestra, 2006 "Copenhagen Ring"​

    4 16.67%
  • Lothar Zagrosek, Staatsoper Stuttgart, 2004

    0 0%
  • Carl St Clair, Staatskapelle Weimar 2009

    0 0%
  • Roman Brogli-Sacher, Philharmonische Orchester der Hansestadt Lübeck, 2010/11

    0 0%
  • Lothar Zagrosek, Stuttgart Ring of 2002

    0 0%
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    The Levine/Luisi "Machine" Ring is easily my favorite visually, but one of the most frustrating musically. Never been as fond of the Boulez/Chereau Ring as others, which is more a satirization of Wagner's Ring than Wagner's Ring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    Here is an interesting review:



    So which of the above-listed DVD productions has the Rhinemaiden crack whores? Just curious.
    I have a feeling that the reviewer was being hyperbolic with his statement about the Rheintochter. I can't think that anyone has gone down that route - yet!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barbebleu View Post
    I have a feeling that the reviewer was being hyperbolic with his statement about the Rheintochter. I can't think that anyone has gone down that route - yet!
    I think you are right about that. Just as well. There are plenty of atrocious opera performances as it is.
    Last edited by Florestan; Jan-22-2017 at 02:27.
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    There are no long Wagner operas. Only short attention spans.

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    I might suggest he was referring to Castorf's Ring (the current production at Bayreuth), except that was still a year and a half in the future at the time that article was written. I'm not sure it's an accurate description of the characterization of the Rhinemaidens in that production, but I could see someone referring to them that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    Well, I have not gotten all the way though my first Ring set on DVD (Levine 1990) so maybe I will be unpleasantly surprised.
    the Levine 1990 Ring on DVD is very good. Just finished last night. I was slightly disappointed that Brunhilde did not actually ride a horse into the funeral pyre at the end but still pretty good. I kind of like to stop after Siefgried for the happy ending, but there is a lot of great singing in Gotterdammerung to leave it at that.
    Quote Originally Posted by Couchie View Post
    There are no long Wagner operas. Only short attention spans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    the Levine 1990 Ring on DVD is very good. Just finished last night. I was slightly disappointed that Brunhilde did not actually ride a horse into the funeral pyre at the end but still pretty good. I kind of like to stop after Siefgried for the happy ending, but there is a lot of great singing in Gotterdammerung to leave it at that.
    We just started the Boulez ring yesterday evening....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    the Levine 1990 Ring on DVD is very good. Just finished last night. I was slightly disappointed that Brunhilde did not actually ride a horse into the funeral pyre at the end but still pretty good. I kind of like to stop after Siefgried for the happy ending, but there is a lot of great singing in Gotterdammerung to leave it at that.
    I was at one of the 1990 cycles that was used for the video. The end of Götterdämmerung was especially tragic that night, as some of the scenery collapsed too soon, and injured Behrens, who ended up in the hospital. But several weeks later she was back on stage performing again.

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    I do not qualify to vote, as Boulez Ring is the only production I have watched in full, but based on different viewings "here and there", I highly doubt any other performance would be able to compete with it both visually and vocally. Levine I follows close but I have my reservations about Behrens (love her, but not in this Ring). Gwyneth Jones was not an ideal Brunnhilde back in 1980 either. We can only regret Eaglen hasn't recorded it while she could.
    Last edited by Azol; Feb-06-2017 at 14:52.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kineno View Post
    I was at one of the 1990 cycles that was used for the video. The end of Götterdämmerung was especially tragic that night, as some of the scenery collapsed too soon, and injured Behrens, who ended up in the hospital. But several weeks later she was back on stage performing again.
    Ouch. That is unfortunate. Does the Ring's curse extend to performances?

    This also is why the Lepage Machine gives me the willies. The so-called machine could easily become a meat grinder. I hope they are done with that thing--forever!
    Last edited by Florestan; Feb-06-2017 at 17:35.
    Quote Originally Posted by Couchie View Post
    There are no long Wagner operas. Only short attention spans.

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    For those who are interested in DVD Ring Cycles, you may be amused by Sing Faster! The Stagehands' Ring Cycle. It depicts the goings-on backstage of the San Francisco Opera's staging of the Ring. I wrote a review on digitallyobsessed.com some years ago. Amazon reviewers seem to love it too. Be warned, it's short (57 minutes).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    This also is why the Lepage Machine gives me the willies. The so-called machine could easily become a meat grinder. I hope they are done with that thing--forever!
    It is supposedly scheduled to come back in the 2018-19 season, with Philippe Jordan conducting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mountmccabe View Post
    It is supposedly scheduled to come back in the 2018-19 season, with Philippe Jordan conducting.
    With Christine Goerke as Brünnhilde.

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