Wagner's Dream Reviews

February 28, 2013
July 26, 2012
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.
July 25, 2012
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.
July 19, 2012
It's a bit startling that director Susan Fremke would choose to make a documentary about the set.
July 19, 2012
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.
July 19, 2012
A rousing portrait of creative renewal.
July 19, 2012
Marvelously candid documentary depicting the creation of a massive, seemingly foolhardy pipe dream of a production. One of a handful of truly fine movies about opera.
July 18, 2012
[A] 16-hour, four-opera masterwork about the creation and destruction of the world, a work that Wagner considered unstageable in his time.
July 16, 2012
The title of Susan Froemke's documentary is both an expression of aspiration and a statement of achievement.
July 11, 2012
Richard Wagner would be overjoyed to see a production of his Ring cycle staged in a manner that was impossible in the 19th Century.
June 21, 2012
The first hour here is the most fascinating, as Froemke details the nuts and bolts of getting this massive undertaking off the ground. Once we get past the opening night of the first opera in the cycle, things start to get repetitive.
June 19, 2012
What Froemke's film does - or at least did for this Wagner novice - is prompt the urgent itch to see Lepage's take on the Ring, see another, and gain the confidence to judge first-hand.
May 29, 2012
Rising well above the typical making-of feature, the doc will fascinate buffs when shown alongside the operas themselves and should stand on its own... as a from-the-inside look at one institution's attempt to remain vital as its popularity fades.
May 29, 2012
Tension flows organically from every phase of this dangerous endeavor, making for a highly entertaining outing for operaphiles and operaphobes alike.
May 7, 2012
An engrossing look behind the curtain of the Metropolitan Opera ... it will wear down any resistance to the composer
May 3, 2012
A two-hour documentary that has as many hair-raising, stomach-churning moments as a ride on Wonderland's new Leviathan.