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February 22, 2009

Domingo has it all wrong; the audience didn't boo because it didn't like an oratorio in an opera house. It booed because the visual presentation interfered with the enjoyment and understanding of the music. The eccentricity was in the slow spinning out of Freyer's dreams through semi-shapeless figures lumbering onstage, striking various poses and engaging in clumsy gymnastics. It was not an "interesting staging." It was a complete boring distraction, not a complement to the music.

That is what many fear will occur with this "Ring," that we will see Freyer's dreams but not Wagner's opera.

Carl Pearlston

Torrance

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