Letter from Bayreuth
Gooding, Wayne, Opera Canada
Wayne Gooding walks back up the Green Hill for odd stagings and a major Canadian debut
There was plenty of buzz and booing at this year's Bayreuth Festival, both feeding off each other for Hans Neuenfels s new, rat-infested production of Uthengrin especially. There is supposed to be a swan in Wagner's early romantic gem (here actually ending up as a sorry plucked chicken), but what the rodents were doing in it was not clear to me even after reading the program-book interview with Neuenfels and his quirky set and costume designer, Reinhard von derThannen. I wasn't clear on Katharina Wagner's intentions in her staging of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, either, especially when masked …
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Publication information: Article title: Letter from Bayreuth. Contributors: Gooding, Wayne - Author. Magazine title: Opera Canada. Volume: 51. Issue: 3 Publication date: Fall 2010. Page number: 16+. © 1997 Opera Canada Publications. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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