• A new Ring in English

    From Bert Coules@21:1/5 to All on Sun Mar 14 20:37:56 2021
    ENO are launching a new Ring this autumn, a co-production with the NY Metropolitan Opera (who are evidently ditching their controversial current staging). And ENO are dumping the ugly and awkward Jeremy Sams English text from the last effort in favour of a completely new one from musicologist and Wagner scholar John Deathridge. He's written and published a non-singing translation which from the reviews sounds ultra-academic and maybe rather undramatic. According to one critic, Deathridge's

    ...plainspoken approach imbues the text with a cool, abstract modernity, imprinting the characterisation more boldly and cleanly than the ornate blackletter of Wagner's original style.

    The director is to be Richard Jones, whose Ring at Covent Garden in the 90s wasn't well received: he not only "takes refuge in ironic slapstick" but "foot-fetishism plays a major role in this production" (The Independent).

    Still, it would be good to see a new Ring at the Coli. More details here: https://tinyurl.com/srbnnp7k

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