Los Angeles Ring Festival 2010

Seminar at MSMC about the LA Ring Festival 2010

L.A. Ring Festival Launch 14 April 2010 at LACMA

The Festival was launched with a party at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on the evening of 14 April 2010.

Here are some video clips of that launch:

– daKAH Hip Hop Orchestra played Wagner as the Rhine Maidens found a table at the party, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32TQSy9hHT0

– a Wagner Horn call announced the beginning of the Festival, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4gqL59bb1io

– conductor James Conlon spoke at the launch, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Se9xv4dF5ns

– the Verdi Chorus added their voices to the party, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9icuTwGEjE

– leader of the Festival, Barry Sanders spoke, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mu1UNKCkWM

– the Rhine Maidens sang the siren song, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNetuwPlqQQ

– the food scene was lively and appealing, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eeJOO0VAc4k

The several hundred party-goers brought together art groups, civic leaders, and educators in the Los Angeles are.  An auspicious beginning of the coming Festival through June 2010.

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Visual Jokes in Freyer’s Production of Das Rheingold

The Achim Freyer production has some hilarious moments (yes, sardonic humor in a Ring production!).

My favorite visual joke is in the Subterranean Cavern where Alberich and Mime (Scene 3) are venting anger on one another, Alberich is abusing Mime, pulling him by the ear, and Mime in turn castigates his slave workers in the mines with cruel whip lashes.   Mime turns toward his gang of brow-beaten miners and raises his hands several times,  his hands gesturing up and down exactly like a conductor with a large orchestra. The mine dwarves are frantically making agitated gestures as if they were hacking away at bizarre musical instruments. All this pantomine is awkwardly synchronized with the actual music (the musicians in this production are completely hidden by a black cover over the orchestra pit). It’s as if the orchestra with conductor suddenly appear on-stage and make themselves present in the myth. 

James Conlon probably smiles every time this scene comes around. It’s very funny once you notice it!

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A blog about the L.A. Ring Festival 2010

Welcome to our blog about the Los Angeles Ring Festival 2010! We are a group based in L.A. who are studying the Ring of the Nibelung operas and looking at the significance of the Ring Festival 2010 for our community. Our blog originated with the “Two Rings” seminar in the Masters Degree Program in the Humanities at Mount St. Mary’s College led by Dr. Mike Heim.  The seminar began in 2007 and continues through 2009, with a Festival version planned for the summer of 2010. The Two Rings seminar focuses on the themes of fellowship and power relationships in both Lord of the Rings (J.R.R. Tolkien) and Ring of the Nibelung (Richard Wagner). Mount St. Mary’s College is one of 50 cultural partners involved in the Los Angeles Ring Festival.

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