Posted October 07, 2013

Posted October 7, 2013

It was announced today that Patrice Chereau died at the age of 68 from lung cancer. Chereau broke new ground with his Bayreuth Ring production in 1978.

Alex Ross states: “”In his best work, everything was charged and nothing was forced: even the smallest gestures and the most marginal characters contributed to the unfolding of the drama,”  Chereau famously and infamously changed the setting of Wagner’s epic from Nordic forests to a modern-day power plant, with it future Ring stagings were transformed.

Below is a link to a 2011 article in the UK publication The Guardian, wherein Chereau states that it is “o.k. to be hated”.