Thursday, 7 April 2011

Poll: Whom would you prefer to direct the 2013 Bayreuth 'Ring'?


In the light of Wim Wenders's withdrawal, the Bayreuth Festival has a tight timetable to find a new director for the forthcoming bicentenary Ring. Whom would you like to see step into the breach? I realise that the answer may very well be 'none of the above', but the gadget I discovered only permitted ten possibilities, and I thought it only fair, whatever my own inclinations, to permit an array of styles:






Picture: Bayreuther Festspiele

7 comments:

Evan Tucker said...

How about Werner Herzog?

Mark Berry said...

Now there's an interesting idea, though sadly, I remember how unstuck Bernd Eichinger came when he took on 'Parsifal'. Herzog, though, has directed quite a bit of opera, hasn't he? I haven't seen any of his productions, so should be very interested to hear from anyone who has.

Evan Tucker said...

I saw The Magic Flute, which he produced, amazingly enough, in Baltimore. It was a number of years ago so my memories are hazy. But I remember that there were a number of interesting ideas in it even if I don't think they quite gelled together. The first 'Zauberflote' scene had dancing alligators (shades of Aguirre?), and I'm pretty sure he came up with the idea of the three spirits being powdered wig 'encyclopedists' before Jonathan Miller got there (Herzog had them descending in a hot-air balloon).

A number of people I know saw the Tannhauser he did in Baltimore and said much the same thing about it. Lots of creative ideas but it didn't quite hang together.

Even so, I'd imagine that Herzog would be as close to an ideal fit to Wagner's artistic temperament that it would be worth seeing just what he could do with the Ring Cycle.

David said...

Herzog's Bayreuth Lohengrin is available on a Deutsche Grammophon DVD. A rather beautiful production!

mjwal said...

I voted for Neuenfels, remembering his "iconic" (as they say) Aida production (as well as others like Doktor Faust) during the Gielen era at the Frankfurter Oper, thinking I would be a lone voice - doesn't everyone love to hate him? But he got 38 votes!

Mark Berry said...

I think you are confusing his percentage score with that of Stefan Herheim. Neuenfels seems to be on 6% at the moment. (I'd actually be very interested to see what he would do with the 'Ring'.)

Anonymous said...

I saw Herzog's Lohengrin - very traditional but very effective: real waves broke gently on the shore during Act 2, while the tide went out gradually; cloud-like corinthian columns materialised in the sky when Elsa sang (at several points, can't remember when); at the end it snowed. I wonder if that is an accurate recollection. I was rather young - it was a good introduction to the opera.

I voted for the current favourite, Herheim, partly because he seems to be a compromise figure - the innovator the traditionalists don't hate.