Wagner’s 200th anniversary gets an oil-themed "Ring"

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Sculptures of German composer Richard Wagner are seen outside the Green Hill opera house in BayreuthBy Michael Roddy BAYREUTH, Germany (Reuters) – The sometimes staid audience for the annual Wagner festival in the Bavarian opera house he built was bracing this week for a new production of "the master's" mythic "Ring" cycle inspired by American TV, Hitchcock's "Psycho" and the pursuit of oil. For a new production for the 200th anniversary of Wagner's birth, Berlin theatre director Frank Castorf said "Rheingold", the first in the four-opera cycle, was set in Texas and opened at a motel on Route 66 – the road that snakes through America. …

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