There is plenty of drama, both on and off the stage, at this year’s Richard Wagner Festival in Bayreuth. A new production of Wagner’s 4-opera magnum opus “The Ring”, created in a mere two years by respected German playwright and director Tankred Dorst, has heightened anticipation at the month-long festival that opens Tuesday.
American tenor Stephen Gould is Siegfried
“The Ring” cycle is 80-year-old Dorst’s first dabble in music theater, though he’s a veteran of other staged genres. Everyone, from the janitor to the star soprano, is sworn to secrecy on what Dorst’s production entails, though it is expected to take place in modern times and be less daring than recent stagings.
Wagner lovers worldwide are hoping that the 13th version of the 16-hour cycle to come out of Bayreuth will offer a fresh interpretation and a radical new reading of the work.