, November 2013
The Colón Ring: Wagner in Buenos Aires is a fascinating documentary film concerning Teatro Colón’s chaotic attempt to produce a seven-hour abridged version of Wagner’s Ring cycle, to be performed in one day, scheduled for November 2012. An impressive international cast was assembled, the shortened version of the score by conductor/pianist Cord Garben was ready to go, and Katharina Wagner had invited filmmaker Hans Christoph von Bock along to document the process.
Von Bock’s film succeeds because it does not take sides or offer a point of view. It is a true documentary, letting the cast and staff of Teatro Colón speak in their own words of their triumphs and anxieties. There is a pervasive sense of a risky, exciting adventure here that could be a great success or a total disaster.
This film is a backstage tale that could only happen in opera. © 2013 Opera News Read complete review