MET/Lepage Ring: Revival Cancelled As "The Planks" Are Retired?

Written By The Wagnerian on Monday, 6 May 2013 | 11:16:00 pm

Even the Gods can be made "to walk the plank"
The normally accurate, as far as MET rumors are concerned, La Cieca has published that the MET/Lepage Ring will not be revived for three cycles in 2016/17 as originally thought. Indeed, according to "MET insiders" the Lepage Ring is unlikely to see the light of day anytime in the future.No obvious reason is being given as yet. However, given the sudden slash in ticket prices to this season's cycle, the reason may be closely related to simple economics. Especially as much of the arts is struggling in the present financial climate. Perhaps not even the MET is immune.

This of course begs the question as to what will replace it. Another, new Ring production? According to La Cieca this is not the case - and given the timescales this should probably come as little surprise. Instead, the now empty slots in the 2016/17 season will be filled with "the company’s current production of Der Fliegende Holländer (which) will return for five performances, featuring Michael Volle, Christine Goerke and Jay Hunter Morris". The rest of the Rings slot will be filled with a new production of Rusalka.

All of which means, if this is true,  that if you live in or near New York it may be a long time before you see another Ring Cycle locally.