I’ve never written a life list but I have friends who have. If I were to, the #1 item would be “attend the complete Ring Cycle”. I have seen all four component operas, I’ve even worked on pocket-scale productions of two of them. But I’ve never seen all four, in succession, as part of the same production with the same cast, the way Wagner intended.
Thanks to my very kind and very generous parents, that’s going to change this June. I could never have afforded a ticket to the series myself, but that is the coolest thing I received this Christmas.
Here’s my review of the San Francisco Opera’s preview production of Die Walküre. I can’t express my excitement at getting to be witness to the complete cycle.