At the end of May we went to two opera's in the one week. Talk about living it up in Melbourne! Both Opera Australia productions. One an old favourite, one of Opera's canonical works and the second one an operatic rarity. The first was Carmen. I had been given tickets by my former work team, on the occasion of my retirement. A wonderful … [Read more...] about Opera Opera
I'm pleased I saw the second Melbourne Ring, despite misgivings about the production which made me hesitant about doing so. We attended the final cycle by which time things were running smoothly. It's wonderful to have this great opera festival here in Melbourne. If it comes around a third time I'll be there again. This being my fourth experience, … [Read more...] about The Melbourne Ring 2016
I've now seen three Ring Cycles. All in Australia. Two in Adelaide. First, the Theatre du Chatelet production in 1998. With it's striking, minimalist programme, befitting it's controversially minimalist production. Second, the Elke Neidhardt directed Ring cycle, presented two years later than predicted, in 2004. This was the first all new … [Read more...] about Rings of Power – which one rules them all?
So it's done. All over. Wonderful experience. A great thing to be immersed in Wagner's music drama the way he envisaged it. Four performances in the week. In our case each one preceded by a talk by Professor Heath Lees explaining what we had in store. All wonderful. The great strengths of this Ring, generally agreed in the foyer talk, were the … [Read more...] about The Melbourne Ring – final verdict
Well it is finally all over - leaving us both bereft and full of hope. No more lectures and no more performances. But as Professor Lees said in his last talk (for this cycle anyway - he has four more to do - a truly Wagnerian effort) we can seek out other Ring cycles the world over and sit through it again and again, energy and finances permitting. … [Read more...] about Watching the World End – the Melbourne Ring finale
Seigfried is arguably the most difficult of the four Ring operas to stage successfully. Professor Lees told us it was the hardest for Wagner to write and he famously took a twelve year break from doing so. It's also the hardest to watch at the start as you don't like either of the characters in the first scene - the sniveling Mime and the boorish … [Read more...] about Truly Heroic – Seigfried in Melbourne