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Wagner's Dream (2012)

Wagner's Dream



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The stakes could not be higher as one of the theater's finest stage directors teams up with one of the world's leading opera companies to tackle opera's most monumental challenge: a new production of Wagner's Ring cycle-the four-part, 16-hour work that the composer first presented in 1876. Wagner's Dream takes you deep into the artistic and musical challenges of the epic work. Visionary director Robert Lepage begins a five-year journey to create the most ambitious staging in Metropolitan Opera history, featuring a 90,000-pound set ("The Machine") designed to realize all of Wagner's scenic instructions. The film follows heroic singers from rehearsals to performance as they take on many of the most daunting roles in opera. An intimate look at the challenges of live theater and the risks that must be taken, the documentary chronicles the tremendous creativity and unflagging determination behind this daring attempt to realize Wagner's dream of a perfect Ring.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Musical & Performing Arts, Special Interest
Directed By:
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 11, 2012
Susan Froemke Productions


Robert Lepage
as Robert Lepage
Deborah Voigt
as Deborah Voigt
James Levine
as James Levine
Fabio Luisi
as Fabio Luisi
Jay Hunter Morris
as Jay Hunter Morris
Peter Gelb
as Peter Gelb
Metropolitan Opera
as Metropolitan Opera
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All Critics (16) | Top Critics (9)

You don't need to be a fan of Wagner, or even opera, to find this a fascinating glimpse of a dauntingly complex human endeavor.

Full Review… | July 26, 2012
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

The result is an engrossing chronicle of creative people under pressure, a movie about the madness of opera for which no knowledge of opera is required for full enjoyment.

Full Review… | July 25, 2012
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

It's a bit startling that director Susan Fröemke would choose to make a documentary about the set.

Full Review… | July 19, 2012
New York Post
Top Critic

The finished "Ring" cycle, a combination of "myth, science and legend" made to order as Wagner imagined it, was unique to every viewer's eye. The making of it will be spellbinding to everyone.

Full Review… | July 19, 2012
New York Daily News
Top Critic

A rousing portrait of creative renewal.

Full Review… | July 19, 2012
Village Voice
Top Critic

[A] 16-hour, four-opera masterwork about the creation and destruction of the world, a work that Wagner considered unstageable in his time.

Full Review… | July 18, 2012
New York Times
Top Critic

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