THE RING. Wagner. Animated - The Ring in 90 minutes, this month in Adelaide

Written By The Wagnerian on Thursday, 23 February 2012 | 9:14:00 pm

This week at the Fringe, it will take 90 minutes. to stage the Ring



The world premiere of The Ring. Wagner. Animated will be at the new Adelaide Convention Centre venue, The Big Slapple, from Friday.

While Fringe audiences are used to cutdown versions of such epics as Star Wars and Lord of the Rings, this production is by an eminent Wagner conductor and features opera singers and a classically trained orchestra.

David Kram wants to make the story, settings and music of Richard Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen accessible to a wider audience. Tickets to Adelaide's Ring Cycle in 2004 cost $1000, this one costs $30. There will be seven performances.

"If you take away the lengthy bits ... there is the most beautiful and stirring music and it's a terrific story," Dr Kram said.

His version sees key parts sung live by three performers. Instead of the usual symphony orchestra of at least 112 players, there are four saxophones, keyboard, and a sarrusophone - a rare saxophone capable of very low notes

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