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2009 Ring Cycle Press Reviews

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International

The Financial Times
Wagner for the Old Guard by Martin Bernheimer
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“Call it Bayreuth, American-style.”
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National

The Chicago Tribune
Seattle Opera makes valiant trek up the Wagnerian summit by John von Rhein
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“’Ringheads’ have plenty of reasons to rejoice”
San Francisco Chronicle
A stellar 'Ring' in Seattle by Joshua Kosman
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San Francisco Classical Voice
Seattle Ring Achieves a Triumphant Finale by Robert P. Commanday
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A New Look in a Traditional Ring by Robert P. Commanday
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“Wholly engaging”
Access Atlanta
ASO’s Spano again tackles Wagner’s ‘Ring’ by James L. Paulk
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The Gathering Note
Malcolm Rivers’ thirty-five years of Alberich by Philippa Kiraly
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The Gathering Note
Malcolm Rivers’ thirty-five years of Alberich by Philippa Kiraly
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The Gathering Note
Malcolm Rivers’ thirty-five years of Alberich by Philippa Kiraly
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The magic of Seattle Opera’s costume shop by Philippa Kiraly
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“Die Walkure” Provides a Riveting Four Hours of Opera Monday at McCaw Hall
by RM Campbell
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“Sublime, expressive, passionate, energetic and profoundly moving.”
Wagner’s “Ring” Cycle returns to McCaw Hall by RM Campbell
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Stig Andersen makes his Seattle debut in “Siegfried” by RM Campbell
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The first cycle in three of Seattle Opera’s “Ring” closed Friday night at McCaw Hall
by RM Campbell
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Impressions of the Ring: Twilight of the Gods by Zach Carstensen
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My Ring journey: Twilight and beyond by Zach Carstensen
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My Ring journey: Siegfried by Zach Carstensen
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Flying High in the Ring by Philippa Kiraly
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Classical Voice
A green, picturesque, splendid Ring returns to the Emerald City
by Joel Grant
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Vancouver Opera Blog
Everybody's a Critic: Transported by Seattle Ring by Jeff Sodowsky
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Northwest Reverb
Seattle's Ring Cycle - short update by James Bash
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Some Technical Aspects of Seattle’s Ring by James Bash
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Das Rheingold Glistens in Seattle by James Bash
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Seattle Opera's “Die Walküre” smolders and catches fire by James Bash
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Andersen turns in world-class Siegfried by James Bash
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Götterdämmerung triumphs with Baird’s Brünnhilde leading the way
by James Bash
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Musicweb-international.com
- Seen and Heard International Opera Review

Wagner, Der Ring des Nibelungen by Bernard Jacobson
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Google, Hosted News
Seattle Opera offers magnificent 'Ring' revival by Mike Silverman
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Philip Kennicot.com
Wagner in Seattle by Philip Kennicott
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TheHuffingtonPost.com
Woodstock for Wagnerians by Ivan Katz
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The Pacific Aisle
- Notes from the left coast by the classical music critic of the San Francisco Chronicle, Joshua Kosman

Ringblogging I: Rheingold in Seattle
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Ringblogging II: Die Walküre in Seattle
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Ringblogging III: Siegfried in Seattle
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My Northwest.com
The Ring is back in Seattle by Stephanie Klein
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Opera Warhorses
Tom’s Tips on the Seattle Opera Scene – Where 2009 Brings a Lush “Green Ring” and 2010 Brings a New “Tristan”
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Wagner, Wadsworth and Lynch Team for Seattle’s Magical “Rheingold” Revival
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Gods and Nibelungs on the Pacific Coast: the Three Ring “Rheingolds”
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Gods and Nibelungs on the Pacific Coast: the Three Ring “Walkueres”
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An Imaginative “Siegfried” Continues Seattle Opera’s Spectacular Cycle
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Astonishing End to Seattle Opera’s “Goetterdaemmerung”
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Crosscut.com
Chaos and twilight: Seattle Opera's Ring, part 2 by Fred Hauptman
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Seattle Opera's Ring: What's it trying to say? by Fred Hauptman
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Seattle PI.com
Epic 'Ring' opera cycle inspires art gallery show, Artist Kreitzer known for 'Tristan und Isolde' poster by John Levesque
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Reality host brings Seattle Opera to the 21st century by Kailani Koenig-Muenster
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Examiner
Wagner's Ring Cycle Opens Tonight by Steve Clare
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Das Rheingold review part I by Steve Clare
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Die Walküre - some initial musings before bedtime by Steve Clare
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Die Walküre – review by Steve Clare
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Siegfried review of part 3 of Wagner's Ring Cycle by Steve Clare
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Die Götterdämmerung - a review by Steve Clare
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Seattle Opera Predicts 9.5 Million Dollars Economic Benefits From the "Ring Cycle" by Steve Clare
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Seattle Opera's Ring Cycle an entrancing fairytale, transcending with childlike moments of joy by Cindy Warner
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Local

Seattle Gay News
Many Highlights at Fantastic Rheingold and Walkure by Rod Parke
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RING’s Final Moments Most Satisfying of All by Rod Parke
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Arts Events Surround Seattle Opera’s Ring by E. Joyce Glasgow
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Puget Sound Business Journal
The Seattle Opera stages its 38th major production of Richard Wagner’s “Ring” cycle by Patti Payne
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Seattle Post Globe
Theater Review: Götterdämmerung is Brünnhilde's Triumph by Gianni Truzzi
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Seattle Weekly
Stage Review: Seattle Opera’s Ring- New singers struggle to fit comfortably into a beloved production. by Gavin Borchert
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Seattle Times
'Ring' cycle comes around again, and opening night is mostly golden by Melinda Bargreen
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'Die Walküre': a pulse-pounding night for 'Ring' fans by Melinda Bargreen
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“…Huge, sumptuous, beautifully crafted waves of mezzo-soprano brilliance.”
'Siegfried' lead offers a truly heroic performance by Melinda Bargreen
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Review: 'Götterdämmerung' had bright, fiery moments and a few low notes, too by Melinda Bargreen
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Seattle Opera's once and future 'Ring' by Melinda Bargreen
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'Ring' parties, parodies and other related events by Tom Keogh
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Collection of talent includes many making Seattle debut by Melinda Bargreen
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Some high-tech aspects of the 2009 'Ring'
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Seattle Arts Groups Get Creative to Attract Younger Generations by Janet I. Tu
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Seattle Metropolitan
Ring Leader: Conductor Robert Spano returns for another workout with Wagner’s Ring Cycle by Thomas May
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KUOW
The Ring Cycle (Interview with Monte Jacobsen) by Marcie Sillman
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Free Tickets Make 'Ring' Possible
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Seattle Sound Magazine
My Ring Journey: The Rhinegold by Zach Carstensen
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My Ring journey: Valkyrie by Zach Carstensen
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Queen Anne and Magnolia News
The return of The Ring: Wagner’s massive undertaking takes center stage in Seattle by Maggie Larrick
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Over the years, there's been a lot of RINGing by Linda Greenwald
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Familiar emotions writ large: A stunning production of ‘The Ring’ at Seattle Opera byMaggie Larrick
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The Stranger
The Score: The Ring Is Here by Christopher DeLaurenti
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Broadswords and Breastplates by Christopher DeLaurenti
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Seattle Post Globe
Theater Review: "Das Rheingold" Swimmingly Enchants by Gianni Truzzi
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Theater Review: No Horses, but Plenty of Horsepower in "Die Walküre" by Gianni Truzzi
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Theater Review: "Siegfried" Slays Himself" by Gianni Truzzi
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The News Tribune
A Ring to rule them all by Rosemary Ponnekanti
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Seattle Opera's magic "Ring" by Rosemary Ponnekanti
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Seattle Magazine
The Ring at Seattle Opera
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KOMO News
Seattle Opera offers magnificent 'Ring' revival by Mike Silverman
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KPLU.org NPR
Opera Girl by Florangela Davila
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Seattle Opera Offers Magnificent ‘Ring’ Revival
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King FM 98.1
Seattle “Ring” Wrapup (First Cycle, Aug. 9-14) by Melinda Bargreen
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Das Rheingold, 2005 © Rozarii Lynch