Scripturient: Boris Godunov

I’m not sure why Boris Godunov, moves me like it does, but it has a curious, emotional effect on me. It’s a sprawling tragedy mixed with politics and betrayal, weighted down by brooding and scheming characters, a fickle mob, a holy fool, a ghost, an imposter as pretender to the throne, and the overthrow of ...

Yappa Ding Ding: The Rape of Brunnhilde

I came to Houston today to see a new production of the opera Siegfried by the Houston Grand Opera. It was stunning – breathtaking – especially the final act, when Brunnhilde (Christine Goerke) is awakened by Siegfried (Jay Hunter Morris). I have written before about my fascination with Wagner’s fascination with the subjugation of women ...

Yappa Ding Ding: The Rape of Brunnhilde

I came to Houston this weekend to see a new production of the opera Siegfried by the Houston Grand Opera. It was stunning – breathtaking – especially the final act, when Brunnhilde (Christine Goerke) is awakened by Siegfried (Jay Hunter Morris). I have written before about my fascination with Wagner’s fascination with the subjugation of ...

Yappa Ding Ding: The Rape of Brunnhilde

I came to Houston this weekend to see a new production of the opera Siegfried by the Houston Grand Opera. It was stunning – breathtaking – especially the final act, when Brunnhilde (Christine Goerke) is awakened by Siegfried (Jay Hunter Morris). I have written before about my fascination with Wagner’s fascination with the subjugation of ...

350 or bust: Saturday At The Movies

A reminder not to stereotype people:

Yappa Ding Ding: Hail, Isolde

After Richard Wagner had been working on the Ring Cycle for about ten years, he took a break for two years to write Tristan und Isolde. With Tristan, he did something that seems unbeleivable: he took the plot of the last opera of his unfinished magnum opus (the libretto was finished, but it would take ...