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Wagnerian debates

A few years ago I watched on PBS the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Opera’s stag­ing of Wagner’s Ring of the Nibelungs, which were played in sequence over a week, pre­ceded by a making-​of doc­u­men­tary. I liked the documentary.

I dis­like most of Wagner’s music — too long, too many stri­dent notes for my taste, but I was fas­ci­nated by the con­trap­tion:

the huge, glitch-​prone con­trap­tion that served as a sin­gle set for all four operas in the Wag­ner­ian cycle

The million-​dollar con­trap­tion required that the Met’s floor be rein­forced since it actu­ally weighed a ton, mal­func­tioned fre­quently (includ­ing show­ing the Win­dows logo one time), and dom­i­nated every moment of the four operas.

But it was fun to look at. Look at the valkyrie ride in on the twenty four planks (for full effect raise the vol­ume and watch it on your YouTube tv app):

If that doesn’t look like a seesaw’s worth of Wag­ner­ian fun, I don’t know what does.

The pres­i­den­tial and vice-​presidential debates are at least as long as the Wag­ner Cycle, drag on and on, hit too many stri­dent notes, and like the Met’s con­trap­tion, weigh a ton. In order to watch, some feel the need to rein­force them­selves with adult beverages.

Makes one wish the debates would bring the con­trap­tion for enter­tain­ment value. Imag­ine the armored can­di­dates rol­lick­ing on the 24 planks.

How­ever, once the fat lady sings, by now the best we could hope for is that the doc­u­men­tary will be better.

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin Amer­i­can pol­i­tics, news, and cul­ture at Fausta’s Blog. She loves the Bugs Bunny Wag­ner.

A few years ago I watched on PBS the Metropolitan Opera‘s staging of Wagner’s Ring of the Nibelungs, which were played in sequence over a week, preceded by a making-of documentary. I liked the documentary.

I dislike most of Wagner’s music – too long, too many strident notes for my taste, but I was fascinated by the contraption:

the huge, glitch-prone contraption that served as a single set for all four operas in the Wagnerian cycle

The million-dollar contraption required that the Met’s floor be reinforced since it actually weighed a ton, malfunctioned frequently (including showing the Windows logo one time), and dominated every moment of the four operas.

But it was fun to look at. Look at the valkyrie ride in on the twenty four planks (for full effect raise the volume and watch it on your YouTube tv app):

If that doesn’t look like a seesaw’s worth of Wagnerian fun, I don’t know what does.

The presidential and vice-presidential debates are at least as long as the Wagner Cycle, drag on and on, hit too many strident notes, and like the Met’s contraption, weigh a ton. In order to watch, some feel the need to reinforce themselves with adult beverages.

Makes one wish the debates would bring the contraption for entertainment value. Imagine the armored candidates rollicking on the 24 planks.

However, once the fat lady sings, by now the best we could hope for is that the documentary will be better.

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin American politics, news, and culture at Fausta’s Blog. She loves the Bugs Bunny Wagner.