Saturday, April 18, 2009

Around Town - LA Opera Selling The Ring

It seems like every couple of weeks I'm getting called by someone at the LA Opera who wants to sell me tickets to the next year's special production of The Ring.

It amuses that the sales spiel is something like this
"These tickets are selling out quickly to international buyers so you've got to buy your tickets now...blah, blah, blah"

Given the fact that this production won't be staged until May-June 2010
not to mention that the price is over $2000
I'm just not all that worried that the tickets will be sold out any time soon.

On the other hand perhaps it's true that tickets are selling to international opera fans,
because no matter how beautiful the music, powerful the voices or poignant the story, nobody in Los Angeles wants to see Freyer's operatic equivalent of singing teletubbies on the stage

Maybe they wouldn't have a problem selling tickets if the staging looked more like the floating harem in this production of Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail at Naples Teatro San Carlo.

My suggestion to the LA Opera
Stage a Ring with Valkyries and Rheinmaidens costumed by Agent Provocateur
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