Aug 07, 2012

By Scott Walker

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Robert Lepage’s much-debated staging of Wagner’s Ring cycle will be released on DVD and Blu-ray next month ahead of the 200th anniversary of the composer’s birth next May.

Deutsche Grammophon says it will issue the Metropolitan Opera’s staging The Ring in sets of eight DVDs and five Blu-ray discs on September 11th.

Lepage’s production features a 45-ton set of 24 planks that form the scenery. It has been savaged by some of the New York critics. The New Yorker called it, “pound for pound, ton for ton, the most witless and wasteful production in modern operatic history.”

Conducted by James Levine and Fabio Luisi, the cycle stars Bryn Terfel, Deborah Voigt and Jonas Kaufmann.

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