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02 Nov 2005

Audiences Love a Minimalist 'Ring' Cycle; Critics Aren't Sure

By ALAN RIDING [NY Times, 2 November 2005]

PARIS, Nov. 1 - Productions of Wagner's "Ring des Nibelungen" have one thing in common: rarely do director, designer, conductor, orchestra and singers all emerge unscathed. The reason is simple. Audiences and critics often embark on this four-opera cycle with firm views on how its immense musical and mythical universe should look and sound.

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