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    I took this amusing piece of writing from a blog someone has written using the characters from Wagners ring cycle to identify people who attend Wagners Ring cycle.


    This is just a fun way of describing the people we see at different venues, and it's NOT scientifically in any means.

    As well as you can compare the Wagner family, the Wagner clan, to the different figures in the Ring, you can also, just for fun, do the same with the audience.


    1. The Wotans and Frickas

    This the VERY elite of Bayreuth, headed by Fricka herself, or maybe TWO Frickas today. Angela Merkel and Katharina Wagner. Always show up on opening night (July 25) at Festspielhaus in Bayreuth. They are followed by all of Germany's important ones like politicians, fashion icons, head of big companies and so on... We guess some of them only go to opera once a year, on July 25, in Bayreuth, as they are invited.


    2. The Freias, Donners and Frohs

    This is the second best, the elite of any other operahouse in the world. Invited to opening nights at the Met, La Scala and Covent Garden. Here we find singers, actors, fashion and TV-people, opera singers. Some of them will never be invited to Bayreuth, but some has actually sung in Bayreuth.


    3. The Siegmund and Sieglindes

    This is quite a big lot, they have all been to Bayreuth at least once. They are the ones running Wagner societies around the world. Quite a few of them know each other and they LOVE each other and they LOVE to talk about Bayreuth and memories from their last visit in Wagner stadt. This is an important lot, as they also provide scholars for Wagner singers via their local Wagner Society. Some of them are actually very nice, but Classicalify now and then find them quite boring and conservative.


    4. The Loges, Mimes, Fafner and Fasolts

    Here you find the loners, the single ones, the gay ones, the crazy ones, the nerds, the disguised ones. A true Wagner fan, often travelling alone, sometimes with a nerd friend, has strong beliefs in the music. Her you also find all the gay couples, young and old, wolves and dinosaurs, but GAY. They see the Ring and operahouses as potential sex-places. It's not unusual to find some of these in the local gay pub or restaurant after the performance.


    5. The Brünnhildes

    This group consists mainly of old maids, or at least maids... Old, rich and strong ladies. Doing whatever they like, spending their money on travels, Wagner and good food and drink. If you are on crutches doesn't mather, just push your way forward in to the auditorium and all other will move away. Some of this old Brünnhildes also bring their toyboys by their side (well someone has to hold them during intervals, or...?).


    6. The Gunther and Gutrunes

    This is maybe the biggest part of any audience. As well as the Gibich siblings, this group is confused and often don't know what they want or how to act. Gutrune often brings along Gunther, who very much look puzzeled by all the other groups and he can't really decide if he's in the right place or not. But he tries to please his Gutrune, so he pays for the tickets and trips as long as she is happy. This group go to ANY opera, because it is supposed to be the correct thing to do. Of course they don't understand what is sung or what the fuzz is all about.


    7. The Walküres

    This is maybe the most interesting audience group. Here you find all the ones talking alot about the opera, the music, the singers and different performances. They are friends of the singers, some of them work at different opera houses and they all know each other. And they all are TRUE opera lovers. They travel quite often and spend much money on opera and recordings. Quite a noisy bunch, but also very fun. Some from groups 3-5 tend to belong (or WANT to belong) here as well, or at least they know someone in this group.

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    I am a #4. Going to the Seattle Ring by myself in 2013. I can't say I see it as a potential gay sex place. Still, quite excited!
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    me too...number 4 i mean!

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    I would think I'm a 4 as well. With a bit of 7. Although I really don't see how one can view an opera house as a potential sex-place, gay or not, I cannot fathom.

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    I attended performances of the Ring because my favorite tenor (Jerusalem) was singing in two or more of the operas. So Wotan only knows what that makes me!

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    *Hand up* - No.4....and a bit of 5 sometimes!! LOL
    “Never wrestle with pigs. You both get dirty and the pig likes it.”
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    I'm a 4, one of the crazy ones who would aspire to be a 7. I haven't yet seen a live opera, but it's early days yet. Don't get the gay sex link, but maybe that's a German thing? Or maybe there is some confusion over the expression 'goes to the Ring'?

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    I don't think any of these describe me. I was most like Siegfried when I attended the Ring... An enthusiastic kid ready for adventure and to be taught the meaning of fear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yashin View Post
    7. The Walküres

    This is maybe the most interesting audience group. Here you find all the ones talking alot about the opera, the music, the singers and different performances. They are friends of the singers, some of them work at different opera houses and they all know each other. And they all are TRUE opera lovers. They travel quite often and spend much money on opera and recordings. Quite a noisy bunch, but also very fun. Some from groups 3-5 tend to belong (or WANT to belong) here as well, or at least they know someone in this group.
    I suppose that makes me Waltraute, then.

    I'm comfortable in the presence of and enjoy the company of the Valkyries... but feel as though I know the circumstances when it makes sense for me to break away from the pack and strike out on my own!
    The hardest knife ill us'd doth lose his edge. Shakespeare- Sonnet 95

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    I'm a 4 too, but a married middle-aged straight female. But yes, I go to operas by myself, and always have. I REALLY want a nerd friend to go with.
    Natalie

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    What kind of people just watch the DVDs? Because I'm one of those.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mamascarlatti View Post
    I'm a 4 too, but a married middle-aged straight female. But yes, I go to operas by myself, and always have. I REALLY want a nerd friend to go with.
    You could take me along and switch to a Brunnhilde! :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crudblud View Post
    What kind of people just watch the DVDs? Because I'm one of those.
    These days...me too. No distractions, no coughing, no late-comers and no queue for the red wine between acts! Actually, i quite like watching it on DVD!

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    As expected, most people gathering here belong to group 4!

    This board is like the pub for the loners, the single ones, the gay ones, the crazy ones, the nerds, the disguised ones, haha!

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    Quote Originally Posted by powerbooks View Post
    As expected, most people gathering here belong to group 4!

    This board is like the pub for the loners, the single ones, the gay ones, the crazy ones, the nerds, the disguised ones, haha!
    None taken!

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