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Review: The Royal Opera is celebrating the Wagner anniversary early - 2013 marks 200 years since his birth - with four cycles of Keith Warner's Ring production. When this staging was launched in 2004/06, the designs by the late Stefanos Lazaridis (who died in 2010) led to some disappointment - unlike in the best of his work, the results often look cluttered and fussy, something unfortunately mirrored in Warner's direction. The last half hour of Gotterdammerung is still a terrible mess. Elsewhere - including in parts of Die Walkure and much of Siegfried - Lazaridis' visuals are pared down, allowing the narrative to come through to inescapably powerful effect...
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October 2, 2012