Personally, I prefer the blog format. It has more flow and ease than the other page and it's more aesthetically pleasing too.As an Australian, I only read the occasional Guardian article online, none of which have annoyed me too much. I can't recall reading anything where you've stated what your problem with that rag is all about. Care to explain? Please.
Having read your previous Ring articles - despite hardly knowing any Wagner - as damn good reading, frankly I don't give a sh*t that two different Guardian articles contradict each other.I want to know what you think of it.Which probably makes me kind of sad, but why worry?
Aardvark said... Having read your previous Ring articles - despite hardly knowing any Wagner - as damn good reading, frankly I don't give a sh*t that two different Guardian articles contradict each other.I want to know what you think of it.Which probably makes me kind of sad, but why worry?This was the Royal Opera's cycle. I fear Covent Garden tickets are a little out of my range; and I understand that the queues started at 6AM on the day booking opened. (The cycle I have been reviewing is the English National Opera, who don't get the world class singers, but have a better grasp of opera as Musical Theatre.) This one was presumably harder to get tickets for than most, because I believe Siegmund was being sung by a fella called Placido, who has a following outside of the normal Wagner constituency.But...but...but....The BBC is transmitting "Valkyrie" (not "Rhinegold", so far as I know) over Easter."Doctor Who" and "Valkyrie" over the Easter weekend. My cup runnieth over.I am seeing the E.N.O's "Twiglet of the Gods" at the beginning of Apri, and will doubtless review it. My money is on Gunthur's hall being the Twin Towers, and an aeroplane crashing into it during the immoliation scene.
I guess the blog format is ok - it's a bit easier to read than the previous format on your old web page. However, the fact that the categories are missing is certainly a shame. You write more often, and I cannot say that I will complain about that. One question : there are so many good articles on your old site, it is a shame that so many times it's not possible to access it. Have you ever considered having a mirror ?
If you want somewhere else to host your web pages, you could do worse than streamline.net. Their basic serivce is cheap - £14/yr, including domain name. I've just set up a church website with them.
Just noticed a report on the BBC News/Entertainment page about a Berlin audience booing a version of Parsifal where the director uses videos of exploding buildings & sets it in New York.Seems the idea of linking Wagner to modern events gets about a bit.
Any production of Wagner that isn't boo'd on the first night is pretty much regarded as a failure!
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