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  • L.A.'s 'Ring' cycle begins with protests outside, mixed reaction inside

     
    While Los Angeles Opera's production of Richard Wagner’s epic “The Ring of the Nibelung” was the main event at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Saturday night, two dozen protesters outside did their best to upstage opening night. A well-dressed...
  • Critic's Notebook: 'Das Rheingold' -- Achim Freyer's theater of images

     
    Total theater? Achim Freyer’s staging of “Das Rheingold,” which kicked off cycle one of the Los Angeles Opera’s production of Richard Wagner’s “Der Ring Des Nibelungen” on Saturday, didn’t quite reach the Wagnerian Valhalla of a complete...
  • Sherwin Sloan, 'Ring' fan extraordinaire, dies at 72

     
    As Los Angeles Opera was beginning its first complete "Ring" cycle, perhaps the city's biggest fan of the epic opera, Sherwin Sloan, died. In a 2009 interview with The Times, the retired eye surgeon told writer David Mermelstein he had......
  • Wagner's "Das Rheingold" at the LA Opera: Ann Powers tackles the cycle

     
    Over at Culture Monster, the Times' pop critic Ann Powers has chimed in on the first installment of Richard Wagner's "Ring" cycle, and it's worth a read for both lovers and non-lovers of opera. She name-checks Lady Gaga, Bono, Joseph......
  • KCRW-FM to broadcast 'The Ring and I'

     
    Los Angeles Opera's production of "The Ring of the Nibelung" is a challenging and artistically far-out staging that is likely to be confusing for newcomers to the 19-hour (including intermissions) epic cycle. So where can beginners go to get their......
  • Glimmerglass Opera announces changes under Francesca Zambello

     
    One of the country's leading summer cultural festivals, Glimmerglass Opera in Cooperstown, N.Y., will welcome its new artistic director, Francesca Zambello, in September. The prolific opera and theater director said Monday that the festival will undergo...
  • Conductor James Levine cancels summer appearances due to surgery recovery

     
    James Levine's ongoing back problems continue to wreak havoc with the maestro's conducting schedule. On Monday, the Boston Symphony Orchestra announced that Levine is canceling his summer appearances because he needs more time to recover from major back...
  • A pop critic takes on the 'Ring': A little pit of punk with 'Siegfried' at Los Angeles Opera

     
    "I want to be anarchy!" So sang Johnny Rotten in "Anarchy in the U.K.," the debut single by the Sex Pistols and, for many, punk rock's definitive 3.5-minute attack. The shocking blond hellion whom John Lydon became fronting that band......
  • A pop critic takes on the 'Ring': Sweating through 'Götterdämmerung'

     
    "Singing is physical elasticity, nothing else," wrote the German vocal teacher Franzisca Martienssen-Lohmann in 1923. Her description was prosaic, meant to remind vocalists that limbering up is a key to preserving their instrument. Yet the phrase...
  • How Wagner and his musical legacy reverberate at the cineplex

     
    Anyone paying attention to the arts scene knows that Wagner's "Ring" cycle is now being staged by Los Angeles Opera. But even if you haven't made it over to the Music Center, there's no doubt that you've been exposed to......
  • Art review: Achim Freyer at Ace Gallery

     
    It’s hard to believe that Achim Freyer had time to paint while designing and directing L.A. Opera’s current, monumental production of Wagner’s “Ring” cycle. Yet the large abstract canvases and “textile sculptures” at the Wilshire Tower...
  • 'Gangsta Wagner' puts a hip-hop spin on the 'Ring' cycle at Grand Performances

     
    With his loose cream-colored suit, red and white high-tops, short fluffy beard and hair braided into two tight strands running down his broad back, Geoff “Double G” Gallegos hardly looked like the stereotypical symphonic conductor. While bouncing on...