Music

Nov 28, 2013

The Ring looked more like cheap bling

Tacky stage design of the Ring disappointed audiences and would have benefited from a single artist's vision, writes critic and historian Ian Britain.

In most theatres the audience changes every night while the show remains the same for the season. When a full Ring cycle’s on, the reverse is the case. Among the punters at the Melbourne Ring, there were only a few new faces on each of the four successive evenings.  It was pretty much the same bums on the same seats night after night.

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  1. sebster

    Maybe Anthony Clarke was sitting in a different production of the Ring from the one I attended, but the cheers and bravos rang out after the conclusion of all 4 operas, and particularly after Siegfried (for the amazing star, Stefan Vinke), and the thrilling conclusion, Götterdämmerung.
    There were boos too – a few – after the sensationally colourful Rheingold with its Australiana.
    I agree, not everything worked, but it was a stunning achievement, with few missteps – certainly with singing and playing as sumptuous as that, there’s very little damage that can be done with the occasional design flaw. Bravo Armfield, and all the rest.
    Although I did miss the ash tree too…

  2. sebster

    I understand this piece was actually written by Ian Britain – online piece has been corrected. My apologies to Mr Clarke.

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