NY Times on ENO’s Ring: You won’t go home whistling the setsNews
In his review of the opening night of The Valkyries, soon to transfer to the Met, New York Times classical music editor Zachary Woolfe recalls that most reaction to the Met’s last Ring, durected by Robert Lepage, was about set disasters.
That won’t happen with Richard Jones’s new Ring. The sets, says Woolfe, are ‘simple, straightforward, clear and grim’ – four euphemisms for cheap – ‘sets that are pared down — even, by the end, nonexistent.’
He continues: ‘This is altogether more detailed, moving, stimulating and satisfying than the Met production it will replace. And tellingly, Jones’s single use of projections is more haunting than anything Lepage came up with: The nefarious Alberich, who forged the all-powerful ring of the title, appears, grinning with gold-capped teeth, as Wotan’s waking nightmare.’
See Alastair Macaulay’s Slippedisc review here.