Wagner's Dream Image

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  • Summary: The stakes could not be higher as one of the theater's finest stage directors teams up with one of the world's leading opera companies to tackle opera's most monumental challenge: the production of Wagner's epic Ring cycle - the four-part, 16-hour work that the composer first presented in 1876. For the past 130 years, the quest to produce a perfect Ring has stymied directors, including Wagner himself, who struggled to meet the immense theatrical demands of his own creation. The cosmic vision of gods and mortals vying for power and destroyed by greed calls for astonishing stage visuals of fire storms, flying warriors, and underwater and heavenly actions. (The Metropolitan Opera) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Jul 25, 2012
    The result is an engrossing chronicle of creative people under pressure, a movie about the madness of opera for which no knowledge of opera is required for full enjoyment.
  2. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Jul 16, 2012
    Tension flows organically from every phase of this dangerous endeavor, making for a highly entertaining outing for operaphiles and operaphobes alike.
  3. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Jul 17, 2012
    It remains a rousing portrait of creative renewal and, specifically, the way in which - by attempting something daring and new in the face of an opera culture deeply invested in tradition - Lepage proves that classic art can survive and flourish in a marriage with modern technology and imagination.
  4. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Jul 16, 2012
    Rising well above the typical making-of feature, the documentary will fascinate buffs when shown alongside the operas themselves.
  5. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Jul 19, 2012
    Awesome also describes this 16-hour, four-opera masterwork about the creation and destruction of the world, a work that Wagner considered unstageable in his time.
  6. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Jul 16, 2012
    The title of Susan Froemke's documentary is both an expression of aspiration and a statement of achievement.
  7. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Jul 20, 2012
    All it takes is the majestic E-flat that opens "Das Rheingold" to make you realize that, despite what Wagner's Dream insists on showing, "the machine" really isn't the point.

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