I'll bet you thought (and perhaps hoped) I would have come to the end of my Opera posts! A-ha-ha! Not so, dear Friends! In a little more than two weeks time, SFO will begin rehearsals for Wagner's "Ring of the Niebelungen". This is an unrivaled event in the world of Opera - consisting of FOUR Operas, over 17 hours of music, love, betrayal, death, and ultimately love. It's a big thing.....and consequently, it isn't done all that often. It costs a lot for an Opera Company to produce a "Ring"....$ for a set designer, conductor, director, singers (not any Opera singer can sing Wagner), chorus and Orchestra. (All of whom I and my Team will be feeding for eight weeks!) I have been fortunate enough to see five complete "Rings" in my lifetime..two of them in Bayreuth, Germany (the Opera House Wagner, himself, had built to host his Operas). Anyway, I digress.... so, to introduce you to what will begin on 12th May....here's a funny "Wagner 101" course by the late, great Anna Russell.
"Our" Walkure from last Summer......featured the "parachuting" Daughters of Wotan! (You remember this.. - a spectacular entrance to that famous music!)
And the "Magic Fire" as Wotan puts Brunhilde to sleep...(until the end of the next Opera - "Siegfried")..
You don't have to be a lover of Wagner, or of Opera, to enjoy this. Ho-jo-to ho!
♥ Robin ♥