The stage direction a provocation, the music a revelation - and then there's the requisite scandal, says Rick Fulker. The Castorf-Petrenko "Ring" will fan the flames of discussion for some time.
Stage director Frank Castorf is always good for a surprise, says Rick Fulker after "Siegfried" in Wagner's "Ring" cycle. Following Route 66 and Azerbaijan, it's off to the communist Eastern Bloc in "Siegfried."
Route 66, familiar in the new staging of "The Rhine Gold," leads to Azerbaijan in "The Valkyrie." On the stage, Rick Fulker sees an antique oil platform and protagonists with nothing to do but sing beautifully.
Composer Richard Wagner lived in Dresden longer than in any other city. He influenced the musical life of the metropolis on the Elbe River, but the city also shaped him. We retrace Wagner's path.
Leipzig has never had an ideal relationship with Richard Wagner, who was born in the city and spent many years there. But to honor his 200th birthday, Leipzig is pulling out all the stops.
Richard Wagner was a traveler, but not always by choice. Creditors, jealous husbands and police were just some of the people who ensured Wagner was often on the move. One of his many adventures took him to Eisenach.