There's a Wagner in town and it's not the 'Ring'
Despite our present-day mania for assembling the “complete everything” by the great composers, “Das Liebesverbot“ — along with Wagner's other early operas “Die Feen” and “Rienzi” — remain in the shadows, rarely tested by revivals.
In the case of “Liebesverbot,” we may be missing out on a lost gem, if a modest and atypical one by Wagnerian standards.
This is USC Thornton Opera's contribution to Ring Festival LA, a production that in some ways is even more unusual than the "Ring" itself. It is the West Coast premiere — and only the second staged production in North America — of Wagner's almost completely unknown second opera, "Das Liebesverbot" (The Ban on Love).
Richard Ginell watched the preparations and wrote about it for Calendar. Here's his story.
-- Sherry Stern
Photo: Music director Brent McMunn, front right, and stage director Ken Cazan, front left, direct the cast during rehearsal of "Das Liebesverbot." Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times