Do I understand the staging? No. Do I understand why people would be upset at attending something they believe to be Tannhäuser, only to discover that it's actually "The Kindly Ones:The Musical!"? Yes.I don't understand the why behind the staging, nor the traumas caused by it. Do you?
I'll just quote my own post in another thread on the same subject:What is it about Wagner that causes theatre directors to go insane?
I don't know all that much about other opera than Wagner, but it hurts me as well to see some of the things the stage directors do to him. Personally I think there are two reasons for that. Some people simply want to become famous by shocking their audience (that seems to be the idea behind much of the modern art). But some people, I am convinced, really loathe Wagner's art in their hearts. The Christian symbolism of Tannhäuser and Parsifal, the Teutonic mythology of Der Ring, the settings of medieval German history in Lohengrin and Die Meistersinger - to them all of that is, as you say, reactionary, dangerous, disturbing and uncool. That is why they need to bring Wagner down from his lofty heights into the realm of the ridiculous, make the audience laugh instead of being enchanted and awestruck by those dangerous and reactionary operas. That is why King Heinrich and the people of Brabant are replaced with rats, the medieval Nürnberg with an American-Idol-style show and the castle of Wartburg with some sort of a chemical factory. Ah yes, and the idea of a woman dying together with her man is hopelessly sexist, that's why in one staging Brünnhilde gives birth to a baby and walks around in blood-stained gown instead.
If I have not made my meaning clear enough, here:
is a review of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, evidently written by just such a person. If you have ever heard Die Meistersinger, you know that it is the most joyful, humorous, light, warm-hearted and human of all Wagner's operas, and yet the author describes it as negative, disturbing, alarming, having a dark side etc - all these things existing only in his own imagination.
It's happened before with the Ring, if I'm not mistaken.Com'on!!!!
Which bunch of idiots would allowed such thing????????? Wagnerian opera in Germany with Third Reich motifs?????????? You'd have to be really stupid (with an IQ below 10) to come up with such... (i'd rather keep my mouth shut)
I'm afraid it's not just Wagner whose work suffers from the idiot productions. I saw an Aida on TV which bore little resemblance to what Verdi intended. Now it is good sometimes for a producer to try and bring an original slant. But it should be at least in harmony with what the composer intended. What we have to do is producers of little talents who feel they know better than the great composers who actually wrote the thing in the first place. These producers make the mistake of trying to make the composer serve their (often daft) ideas. Of course the producer should be the servant of the composer, the genius who wrote the thing. Also he should serve the audience who are paying money to see the production. But no these egotists think everyone should serve them and their own bizarre vision of what they mistakenly think art is about.What is it about Wagner that causes theatre directors to go insane?
What has Tannhäuser got to do with the Holocaust? Where would they even shoehorn in the execution scenes? For that matter, what does Tannhäuser have to do with bioethics? What does Lohengrin have to do with that thing with the rats? What does Meistersinger have to do with…whatever this is?
Is it too much to ask that if you're staging a production of a Wagner opera, you actually stage a production of a Wagner opera, as opposed to staging something completely different with Wagner's music in it?
Does this happen to other people's operas? I've certainly never heard of anybody going to a production of Aïda only to discover that the director had decided that he'd rather put on a dark portrayal of the horrors of the modern prison system. I've never been to a Zauberflöte that was inexplicably Godwined. Did Eduard Hanslick put a curse on Wagner that attracts crazy theatre directors, or what?
In what way?I'm afraid it's not just Wagner whose work suffers from the idiot productions. I saw an Aida on TV which bore little resemblance to what Verdi intended.
They'll license anything these daysThe gentleman who produced Tannhäuser has a problem when he uses the word artistic license simply because he has no artistic merit to take licence with!
Those stage directors do not adore opera in the least. Some of them (I think this particular one too) actually were theater directors before and have not the slightest idea about opera, and sometimes even about the libretto of the opera they are going to stage. The only thing they adore is their own delusions and psychological problems.I will say I'm a bit mystified to see so much discussion of Wagner's "ties" to Nazis. What surprises me more is the thought that those who adore opera would not strive to bring Wagner to other opera lovers in the most positive light. I can understand trying to put a new spin on works that have been performed countless times, but why add strong negative aspects to what otherwise is such glorious music? I suppose controversy can yield more profits.
He's being droll because he's a troll---ignore him!!
Controversy for the sake of controversy. This director of course hit the jackpot. He not only caused an uproar with international headlines but his work was even "banned". I am sure he now fancies himself a luminary on the order of Stravinsky & Diaghilev.I don't understand the why behind the staging, nor the traumas caused by it. Do you?