Opera fans who haven't yet had the opportunity to weigh in on the Metropolitan Opera's new -- and divisive -- production of Wagner's "Ring" cycle, take note: PBS will air the four operas on consecutive evenings beginning Sept. 11.
A multimillion-dollar effort directed by Robert Lepage, the Met's "Ring" cycle become something of a punching bag for some of New York City's critics, with much of the harsh words reserved for the production's ambitious staging, which included a 45-ton set of revolving planks.
The New Yorker's Alex Ross called the staging "the most witless and wasteful production in modern opera history," while New York magazine's Justin Davidson took greater issue with "an interpretive void at the opera's core."
TV viewers will be able to decide for themselves. The four-night broadcast will be preceded on Sept. 10 by the documentary "Wagner's Dream," a two-hour examination of the making of the production directed by Susan Froemke.