flying through clouds of uncertainty on wings of existential dread
If your Wagnerian opera last more than 4.5 hours, please consult your physician. Excessive exposure to Wagnerian horns may lead to irritation, exhaustion, and bleeding from the ears.
I’m not a Wagner fan. I imagine I’ve made that clear. My opera company is starting the Ring cycle next year, and I will go see ‘Das Rheingold’ because they’re doing a crazy new avant-garde production involving cranes and water and god knows what and I feel like I should probably sit through it at some point in my life. I totally skipped ‘Tristan und Isolde’ this season, even though I never pass up free theatre tickets, because blech. 4+ hours, Wagner, and the production was a sea of dudes in suits. If I’m going to sit through Wagner, at least give me something to look at! I’m not saying Wagner sucks. . . I’m just saying that I do not like. Give me Rossini or Verdi or Mozart (Yay Mozart!) or Puccini or almost anyone else any day. That being said, I’m also a little over ‘Carmen’ just because I’ve seen it so many tiiiiiiiiimes, but I’m sure I’ll enjoy it immensely anyway.
The good news is, we’re doing a Sondheim next season too. I will suffer through ‘Aida’ and Wagner and also an attack of tiny velociraptors to get Sondheim.
Addendum: I can’t believe I managed this whole post without bitching about the fact that Wagner was a virulent anti-semite, but now I’m gonna, mainly because this link came in my work email today and reminded me that I really didn’t explain all of the reasons Wagner makes me deeply uncomfortable. I’m not going to be rational or forgiving on this, so instead I’m linking to a very balanced article here. Hopefully that will explain why I’m so conflicted about seeing ‘Das Rheingold’ when we produce it next year.