Reasons (besides the obvious one -- new production)?
I liked the previous work of the director [Andreas Kriegenburg], the cast is great --similar to the one we saw recently performing in Paris, except that the whole thing most probably sounds better at the Bayerische Staatsoper because of its exceptionally good acoustics-- and finally, because Kent Nagano handles Wagner operas in a peculiar & passionate way; his conducting is accurate and 'modern'...
|From Die Walküre recently premiered at the BSO in Munich (Andreas Kriegenburg production)|
And so, a year ago, when the program for the Festspiele 2012 was announced, I promptly sent out my application for the tickets hoping to benefit from their usual "first came, first served" rule... Alas, today I received a "sorry mail" and so no Munich this year!
My first spontaneous reaction obviously involved a few expletives, but on the second thought there is no need to be spoiled. This may even be a blessing in disguise. Other places in Germany propose full Ring cycles too. Time to discover places, creative works of others... So what are the options? Frankfurt, Essen, Hannover, Freiburg and even Mannheim! See below the list with links to all operas.
Oper Frankfurt completed their Ring this year and they propose two cycles next June (2012). It is directed by Vera Nemirova; Sebastian Weigle will conduct and the cast is brilliant too. The dates for the second cycle are:
June 22: Das Rheingold; June 24: Die Walküre; June 28: Siegfried; July 1st: Götterdämmerung
|The Frankfurt Ring directed by Vera Nemirova (a scene from Götterdämmerung)|
Aalto Musiktheater in Essen will present their recently completed full Ring, conducted by Stefan Soltesz and produced by various directors:
June 26: Das Rheingold [dir- Tilman Knabe]; June 28: Die Walküre [dir- Dietrich Hilsdorf]; June 30: Siegfried [dir- Anselm Weber]; July 1st: Götterdämmerung [dir- Barrie Kosky]
|A scene from Siegfried -- the Aalto Ring in Essen|
Staatsoper Hannover also completed their Ring and will present the full cycle this June. Directed by Barrie Kosky and conducted by Karen Kamensek:
June 14: Das Rheingold; June 17: Die Walküre; June 21: Siegfried; June 24: Götterdämmerung
|The Ride of the Valkyries as seen by Barrie Kosky in Hannover|
Theater Freiburg will rerun their acclaimed Freiburg Ring next May. Directed by Frank Hilbrich and with Fabrice Bollon conducting, the dates are:
May 25: Das Rheingold; May 26: Die Walküre; May 28: Siegfried; May 30: Götterdämmerung
|A scene from the Freiburg Ring|
Nationaltheater in Mannheim goes on with the Achim Freyer Ring that fascinated the West Coast Wagnerites. Dan Ettinger will conduct and the dates for the first two operas are (the other two will follow later this year):
June 2: Das Rheingold; June 24: Die Walküre
|Achim Freyer Ring in Mannheim|