NEWS FROM NIBELHEIM: MY FAVORITE TIMES

Voss-FrancescaZambello-21FINAL_cropEvery day from 10:30 in the morning until 10 in the evening, many of us are slaving away like Nibelungs in D.C.’s Takoma neighborhood, where the WNO rehearsal studios are located. In a sort of industrial building, we are fortunate to have three large rehearsal rooms the size of the Kennedy Center stage.

As a director, often these are my favorite times. You are in a rehearsal space with the performers and you can really talk and dig into the meaning of each scene, each word that Wagner wrote. With Wagner, we start by dissecting every scene together, usually around a table, investigating the words, the meanings of the “leitmotifs,” and how the characters interact. So many Ring scenes are just two or three people, so you have to really get on a wave together to find the meaning in the words and music – and then be able to bring the power of it all forward.

– Francesca Zambello, WNO Artistic Director and Ring director

One comment

  • I just wrote a post for my blog making the case that the music in opera is more important than the words. However, I am not so sure this is the case for the Ring. For the story to have its full impact you have to have the benefit of knowing what the characters are saying. I love the music, but in this case, I think the words may be at least as important as the music. Your thoughts?