It’s the last weekend of the last of three performances of the full four part RING at Seattle Opera.
Rumor has it this is also the last year the current “Green” RING version will be done. Long reigning General Director Speight Jenkins is retiring next year, and so when the next RING comes around in 2017, it will be time for someone else to put their stamp on this monumental work.
I’m not much of an opera goer. But this seems pretty incredible. Everything about the event is first rate. This is the big stage for performing arts. The biggest. The guy sitting next to me last night said that this SIEGRFRIED was better than the seven he has seen at New York’s Met. Not bad Seattle. Our sister to the north has established herself on the global opera circuit.
What does the enduring popularity and reach of Seattle Opera’s RING show? If it’s good, people will pay any price and come from anywhere on earth to see it. This is art that people need, that they remember and talk about for a lifetime. The intensity of the experience for the audience is reflected in the nightly 20 minute standing ovation. It’s like a rock concert.
How do we create theatre that is this vital and special to the audience? How do we create something so necessary and beloved, that people cannot imagine doing without it?