My aesthetic journey continues.
I have complained rather ceaselessly about Achim Freyer’s production of Der Ring des Nibelungen.
I might be experiencing a change of heart.
Perhaps it was because the Beloved was able to accompany me to this performance, his optimism is infectious. Perhaps it was the very engaging lecture by Katheryn Syer, professor of musicology, University of Illinois, held this past saturday at LACMA’s Bing auditorium. Perhaps I’m just opening myself to his vision.
I still have my hesitations, yellow haired, blue skinned anime-esque action figure? Probably not what Wagner had in mind.
But the performance was stirring.
Siegfried front and centre.
I am better able to understand and appreciate Freyer’s vision. It is complete, and at times deeply moving and wondrous.
At times, silly, I cannot fully grasp Fafner as a teeny elfin dragon. My understanding of the dragon slaying scene goes back to childhood with this image.
With that prejudice in mind, I am eager to see the final installment, Gotterdammerung.
Until then a few images of Siegfried more in keeping with my usual taste.
Otto Donner van Richter 1828- 1911
Dear Mad Ludwig would have been truly mad for this, a great scheme for a mural at Neuschwanstein.
The Dutch , Jacques Urlus (1887-1935) ca. 1913
Please note that Grane is from Ludwig’s stable.
Such devotion to the cause.