Rheingold sets off at a rattling snooze “Rattle’s Wagner as yet lacks that veteran conductor’s inexorable sense of drama. The momentum started and stopped and frequently dragged … The overall effect was soporific. Perhaps Rattle was as bored as the rest of us by what he saw on stage.” From a review by Hugh Canning in ‘The Australian’, 23rd July, of a performance of “Das Rheingold” in Aix-en-Provence.
Other quotes: 1. “Alas, this was the most anodyne and dreariest staging I have seen of the Ring’s so-called satyr play.” 2. “The momentum started and stopped and frequently dragged.” 3. “[T]he overall effect was soporific. Perhaps Rattle was as bored as the rest of us by what he saw on stage.” 4. “A lot of men in suits (the gods and giants), Fricka in a power-dresser’s two-piece and a dishevelled Freia in her nightie stood around the stage when they weren’t singing, looking like extras who had been given nothing to do.”
You’ve really got to read this review guys! It’s quite a hatchet job.