Janette Griffiths is a novelist, award-winning journalist and broadcaster with a passion for Wagner. Her opera novel, "The Singing House," has recently gone interactive on Kindle and now features links to the great Wagner performances that drive the story. More info on that on the main website (link just below). Here she shares news and opinions on Wagner and his world.
It's coming round for its final outing - The Seattle Ring - the 'green' Ring that looks
to the gorgeous natural setting of this Pacific Northwest City for its
inspiration, will be back this summer. There are some major cast changes:
Alwyn Mellor will sing Brunnhilde and Stefan Vinke, Siegfried but the sensitive,
intelligent and beautiful production by Stephen Wadsworth will be
unchanged. On its second, 2005, outing, Wadsworth had given the end of
Götterdämmerung a rethink and had come up
with what is, for me, one of the most moving and visually stunning Ring
finales ever. What
better way to spend a hot August week than listening to Wagner's music, attending
lectures from their excellent education department and a cast of guest
speakers from across the globe and cooling off in the forests or on the beaches that surround Seattle.
Seattle is unembarrassed in its celebration of
Wagner during Ring Week. I'm pasting a shaky (sorry) video clip of the
fountain behind the opera, here as an example.
I can't imagine this ever happening in Germany!