Review: Seattle Opera’s Sumptuously Sung, Sensuous “Siegfried” with a Surprise – August 7, 2013

“Siegfried”, the Seattle Opera’s third installment of its extraordinary production of Wagner’s “Der Ring des Nibelungen”, proved to be a resounding success, easily absorbing a substitution in the role of Bruennhilde for the under-the-weather Alwyn Mellor. Notes on “Siegfried” – the Opera Wagner predicted that “Siegfried” would be the “Ring” opera that would become the … Read more

Review: Wagner’s “Walküre” Victoriously Revived at Seattle Opera – August 5, 2013

Seattle Opera’s luxurious mounting of Wagner’s “Ring of the Nibelungs” continued with the imposing  “Die Walküre”. The second part of the four opera “Ring of the Nibelungs”, the opera “Die Walküre”, has almost the same cast as it had in Seattle Opera’s 2009 “Ring”, with the exception of five of the nine valkyries – Wotan’s … Read more

Review: A Richly Rewarding, Re-imagined “Rheingold” – Seattle Opera, August 4, 2013

The year of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Richard Wagner and the 50th anniversary of the Seattle Opera was the occasion for the latest and perhaps last revival of the Stephen Wadsworth production of his four opera “Ring of the Nibelungs”. Wadsworth’s extraordinary achievement, when  considered against the rest of the world’s current … Read more