`Walkure' with American twist simply soars in Washington

Opera review

March 31, 2007|By Tim Smith | Tim Smith,Sun Music Critic

When Washington National Opera decided to tackle its first-ever staging of Richard Wagner's The Ring of the Nibelung, an awesome rite of passage for any opera company, it set out to give the epic fresh context. And that's what it got from director Francesca Zambello.

Dubbed "the American Ring," her version substitutes this country's myths and iconography for the original Norse/German ones in this tale of gods, heroes, contracts and loyalties.

If you go Die Walkure will be performed at 1 p.m. tomorrow and 6 p.m. April 5, 9, 14 and 17 at the Kennedy Center in Washington. Limited ticket availability. Call 800-876-7372 or go to dc-opera.org.

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