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Classical Pick of the Week: Twilight (of the Gods)

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Although the art direction for this Ring Cycle is a little out of the norm, chances are if you're from LA you haven't had many opportunities to see any operas from Wagner's Ring Cycle. You can still buy tickets for all four operas this Summer here. As an added incentive, these tickets are tax deductible as well. If you're the non-committal type, you can catch up on the first three operas on Youtube or Wikipedia and check out the last opera, Gotterdammerung, which begins this Saturday.

Due to the immense cost of the production, it is unlikely that we'll get to see any performances of the Ring Cycle again in the near future (in LA at least). The Ring Cycle cost around 30 million dollars and plunged the LA Opera into nearly 20 million dollars of debt. To put this into perspective, the LA Opera typically runs on a budget of 50-60 million dollars a year (keep in mind that the Met Opera usually operates on a 300 million dollar budget).

Anyways, you can catch Gotterdammerung (which translates to "Twilight of the Gods") on April 3rd, 11th,17th, 21st, and on the 25th. The cast includes the usual (Watson, Halfvarson, DeYoung, etc), so you can expect a great performance. Even if you're a traditionalist and don't find Freyer's art direction particularly appealing, you should give it a chance. Like the LA Times said, the "Freyer production is not to everyone's taste; no production of any merit, confrontational or conventional, is or should be."

*This opera has nothing to do with vampires, but it does include some age inappropriate romance (and a little bit of incest, but they are gods so it's ok? Don't ask me.).