A disappointing Ring that just goes round in circles

Br¸nnhilde_small.jpgRupert Christiansen reviews Gˆtterd‰mmerung at the Royal Opera in Covent Garden [Daily Telegraph, 19 April 2006]
The drop curtain for this dismayingly bad production of Gˆtterd‰mmerung depicts a blackboard swirling with a scribbled mass of equations, formulae and jottings. It represents, I feel, the inside of Keith Warner’s head as he confronted the massive challenge of directing Wagner’s Ring cycle, of which this opera is the culmination.