I’ve been watching the New York Metropolitan Opera performance of Richard Wagner’s “Ring Cycle” on PBS. Apart from Gilbert and Sullivan, I’m not a huge opera fan, but I thought it might be interesting. Who doesn’t like “The Ride of the Valkyries”?
Unfortunately, I don’t the like the other music in it so far nearly as much as that famous piece. And because they sing in German, it’s subtitled, and I can’t help but feel that a lot is lost in translation. The plot of the first part, Rheingold, seems to be that Wotan–who is the King of the Gods, or something–can’t pay his bills. I know that somewhere down the line, there will be a magical ring that makes people all powerful. So far, I will say that I think I like it better than a certain other, later story that concerns much the same thing, but it’s still hard to follow.
The performance is amazing, however. I don’t understand how people manage to sing while suspended in the air or climbing up steep ramps. It’s quite impressive. I watched the documentary “Wagner’s Dream,” that they showed earlier in the week about the making of the production. To be honest, I think I found it more interesting than the actual opera.