Review: Peter Brooks on Alex Ross’s “Wagnerism”

The first time I sat through Wagner’s complete Ring cycle, early in the 1990s, the neighboring seats held a planeload of Germans who had come over for the Met’s version because it was more to their taste than the modernizing Regietheater dominant in various German cities: Otto Schenk’s Met production would not have been out of place at Wagner’s own thea…

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