Loud boos for Vienna’s latest Ring

Loud boos for Vienna’s latest Ring


norman lebrecht

May 06, 2022

Sven-Eric Bechtolf’s 2007 production of Wagner’s Ring was booed to the rafters in another sign of public discontent with the Vienna Opera regime.

The focus was perceived weaknesses in the casting, with John Lundgren’s Wotan singled out for the loudest demonstrations. He received them with a polite bow.

Standard review here.


  • Achim Mentzel says:

    Could you kindly explain us why you always call company management teams which you don‘t like ‘regimes’? As a fine journalist you must know that in common usage, ‘regime’ is used with pejorative connotations primarily for non-democratically formed and controlled forms of rule, such as dictatorships or coup governments, which is in connection with Peter Gelb or Bogdan Roščić complete nonsense.

    • Tiredofitall says:

      If you’ve ever worked in a major opera house, it is indeed a “regime”. And, yes, it is often used in a pejorative manner. The nature of the beast, for better or for worse.

  • Petros Linardos says:

    Sounds like business as usual. When was the last time a Ring staging was not booed, anywhere?

  • John Borstlap says:

    According to a modernist point of view (a point, more than half a century old), this means the production was a great success – it scandalized the boozjwazee. But according to common sense, it was just a bad production.

  • Robin Worth says:

    The review does not present this as a disaster but as a very “anstaendig” or “decent” evening.

    The Wotan is criticised, but others, such as Daniel Behle , are praised

  • Sue Sonata Form says:

    Phew! I thought they were referring to the Opernring!!

  • Anonymous Bosch says:

    Is it really necessary to stage a “Ring” or two every season, irrespective of having capable voices available?

    Lisa Davidsen is out of the first “Die Walküre” on Sunday (she also cancelled her last Met Chrysothemis, and her scheduled appearance at the Saison-Vorschau at Staatsoper last Saturday); Sieglinde will be Simone Schneider.

  • Maria says:

    Just bad manners and childish behaviour akin to a British Pantomime where its part of the ritual. No regard for the act of the singer getting up and doing the job. All so-called experts in the audience on a normal diet of Pieced together CDs. Fine if you don’t like it. It’s live music that brings all kinds of uncertainties. But to just boo the singers or whoever, is awful. No such thing as a perfect performance or a perfect human being, not even in Austria!

  • Clem says:

    “Einige brutale Buhs” says the article. A few rude boos, and only for Lundgren. Nothing in the rafters, nothing to do with the new regime, and nothing with “Vienna’s latest Ring”. Nuff said, end of story.

  • wiener says:

    So schaut es leider aus in Wien.