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Watch Now: The Colón Ring - Wagner in Buenos Aires

Written By The Wagnerian on Sunday 22 September 2013 | 1:12:00 pm

A fascinating documentary on the making of this, what became "drama filled" production - both on and off the stage.

In German and English with English subtitles. 96 minute running time. In two parts. Trailer below to help decide whether you wish to watch the entire thing. Recommended

The documentary  film "Der Colón Ring - Wagner in Buenos Aires", directed by Hans Christoph von Bock, follows each step of the unusual production. The film aims to entertain while showing how Wagner's vision of "The Ring of the Nibelung" emerges as a Gesamtkunstwerk and an all-encompassing live theater experience.

Getting an ambitious project such as this off the ground involves its own set of difficulties: Katharina Wagner, the composer's great-granddaughter, was originally supposed to serve as stage director but canceled just six weeks before the premiere. Valentina Carrasco jumped in at the last minute. The film tells how the ensemble responded to the changes and how the new director devised and realized her rendition in such a short time. In that atmosphere of urgency, several camera teams followed the unique project both in front of and behind the stage up to the premiere on November 27. The 93-minute documentary was premiered in a Berlin movie theater on April 14, 2013.