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What’s gone wrong with Katie Wagner’s Ring in Buenos Aires?

Six weeks ahead of Katharina Wagner’s Ring cycle at the Teatro Colon, two of the four performances have been cancelled, the conductor has been replaced and Katie’s saying: ‘I’m sticking to my contract.’

What’s more, they can’t build the set because the materials required are, apparently, not available in B.A.

If you’re in the Colon and have the inside story, do let us know. So far, the only reports are in German.

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  1. The ColónRing is not a Ring “cycle” but a “compact” version of only 7 hrs arranged by Cord Garben. That two of the performances have been cancelled is perhaps not puzzling when the Teatro Colon website shows that the remaining two are only half sold. The German report says that import restrictions have forced the domestic purchase of materials for the set. One wonders just what would be crucially needed for a set that couldn’t be produced domestically in almost any New World country.

    –Sixtus

    https://www.tuentrada.com/colon/Online/default.asp?doWork::WScontent::loadArticle=Load&BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::article_id=9F641C39-79C7-436E-915D-3FE63B9FA654

  2. The remaining two are only half sold? I wonder if the ticket prices are too expensive for the current market. Poor Argentina is back to suffering major economic turmoil; it seems that the current president is not as good at handling the Argentine economy as her late husband was, alas …

    • Mario Ravaschio says:

      the ticket price is not the problem, the cheapest one is $ 360, a pair of athletic shoes is more expensive than the ticket, is the cost of a dinner in a restaurant.
      is an unfortunate fact, I expected to Katherine Wagner

  3. José Bergher says:

    If this is a compact version, I wonder which songs were left out. What about the horse for Brunhilde? Was it imported? What about the rainbow for “Rheingold” and the sardines for the Rhine? Do the Rhinefraulein dress like crocodiles? Would Frau Cosima agree with Fassolt und Fafner driving snowmobiles? Does Hunding send text messages with his new blackberry while Siegliende explains that Siegfried simply dropped by to borrow an umbrella?

    • José Bergher says:

      Brunhilde should be able to manage without the pferd; a bycicle is good enough in these times of crisis.

  4. They had to substitute the Rhine gold with silver.

  5. Michael Hurshell says:

    My 2 cents worth: I find the new fashion for “compressed” Rings rather… awful. Why compress works of genius? Compressed Shakespeare, there’s another example. If a short attention span is the problem, then don’t go to the theater. Watch a DVD, you can do it in 5 minute installments… I do recognize one tenable idea: for a theater that offers the Ring to offer, as an auxiliary event, a sort of short commentary evening, a la Loriot. But that is, rather importantly, a commentary, and/or a satire – and is understood as such by the public. Don’t announce a Ring and then cut it to pieces… why bother? Is a 7 hour evening (is that with or without intermissions?) supposed to satisfy the Wagnerians? Or attract the neophytes? Not a very good idea either way, I’d think.

    • William Safford says:

      My favorite live compressed Ring — in fact, my favorite Ring ever — was Anna Russell’s.

  6. Michael Hurshell says:

    P.S. I just looked up Mr. Cord Garben’s webpage (German). The description / justification for a short Ring is just the sort of thing I find extremely unpalatable. The idea seems to be: why not cut out all the narrative repetition in the Ring? Well folks, if you don’t understand (Mr. Garben should, being a musician) that the “repetitions” are actually ever changing psychological takes on the past – a rather unique musical portrayal of the way human beings “change the past” in their own memory – then it’s just too bad. Does this mean that Katharina also belongs to those who feel Wotan’s narrative in Walküre act 2 is “unnecessary”…??

  7. What’s wrong with Katharina Wagner’s Ring Cycle? The answer is simple: Katharina Wagner. The sooner the UN ammends it’s charter in order to ban her from participating in any capacity in stagins of her great-grandfather’s works, the better!

  8. In Buenos Aires do not have equipment to carry out the execution? Is not true! Historically, at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, performing a full production of “Der Ring of Nibelungen” any 10 years. So the reason can not be other than ineffectiveness of Katharina and his staff!

  9. In Buenos Aires do not have equipment to carry out the execution? Is not true! Historically, at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, performing a full production of “Der Ring of Nibelungen” any 10 years. So the reason can not be other than ineffectiveness of Katharina and his staff!

  10. Mario Ravaschio says:
    • Aside from the replacement of Ms Wagner, and the cyclic revision of the music director (after all it it is a Ring, however truncated), what interested me most here were the changes of refreshments offered during the three intermissions. They now are eschewing coffee and tea and are offering drinks. Lets hope the latter contain alcohol. The audience will probably need it.

      –Sixtus

      Old menu in parens:

      Intervalo: 30’ (Café, té, bocados) Cocktail: bocaditos fríos y bebidas

      Intervalo 60’ (Buffet froid) “Buffet Froid” y bebidas

      Intervalo 30’ (Café, té, bocados) Sweet Finger Food y Bebidas

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