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4 items from 2012


Wagner’s Dream Movie Review

13 July 2012 5:27 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Wagner’S Dream The Metropolitan Opera Director: Susan Froemke Cast: Robert LePage, Deborah Voigt, Jay Hunter Morris, Peter Gelb, James Levine, Fabio Luisi, and the Metropolitan Opera Screened at: Dolby 24, NYC, 7/11/12 Opens: July 19, 2012 in NY; July 27, 2012 in L.A. Let me take a wild guess that more people have heard of Spider-Man than Götterdämmerung and that, further, more people have seen “Spider-Man-Turn Off the Dark” on Broadway this year than Richard Wagner’s 15-hour long Ring Cycle at the Met. What do they have in common aside from the sounds of music? Both productions embraced avant-garde staging that includes flying actors and singers. A month from its  [ Read More ] »

- Harvey Karten

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Seven days on stage: 1 million viewers could bring the Olivier awards back to terrestrial TV

25 May 2012 7:32 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Viewing figures for the Oliviers could prompt terrestrial pickup, the Met rescinds a ban on its own magazine, the Royal Court scores a hat-trick and Piff the dragon may have a doppelgänger

On the button

Nearly a million people watched the 2012 Olivier awards, according to figures released by the event's organisers. The results – which show that just shy of 700,000 watched a highlights package on the BBC's red button, while a further 180,000 watched the event broadcast live – will lend weight to calls from the theatre community for the ceremony to be returned to mainstream TV. It hasn't featured on a terrestrial channel since 2003, when the Oliviers were screened on BBC2. "Extensive conversations" are said to be ongoing with the Beeb over plans for next year's event. You never know.

Holding Court

London's Royal Court theatre completed a remarkable hat-trick of West End transfers this week, with the announcement that Nick Payne »

- Alistair Smith

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Justin Davidson on Peter Gelb’s Operatic Tyranny

22 May 2012 2:45 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

The close of the Metropolitan Opera season has given general manager Peter Gelb plenty of opportunity to mull the fate of oversensitive potentates. In Wagner’s Ring cycle, the god Wotan acts with intemperate stupidity, and four operas later, the world he has built collapses in flames. Critics reacted with jeers and disappointment to the Met’s $16 million staging, directed by Robert Lepage. The New Yorker’s Alex Ross memorably called it “the most witless and wasteful production in modern operatic history.”Gelb, the son of former New York Times managing editor Arthur Gelb and a former publicist himself, knows a thing or two about the free expression of critical thought, and he doesn’t like it. There was nothing he could do about Ross’s words, but when outlets over which he had some leverage began repeating them, Gelb, like Wotan, lashed out. Earlier this month, he called Laura Walker, »

- Justin Davidson

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Article about the premiere of Wagner's Dream

28 April 2012 4:58 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Wagner's Dream comes true

Filmmakers Susan Froemke and Bob Eisenhardt, opera soprano Deborah Voigt and tenor Jay Hunter Morris, Met's General Manager Peter Gelb on the red carpet

Wagner's Dream, the film about the opera cycle about "reaching the unattainable", is clearly one of the best movies in Tribeca 2012. The film's scope and clarity and joy will make people curious about opera who never had a dream about Wagner in »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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