(Note: This post has been updated (1) as of 12:33 PM Eastern on 8 Oct. See below)
Oh dear. In his first live encounter with Wagner's Das Rheingold, this weblogger seems to have missed just about everything that could be missed.
Too bad. As the saying goes, he doesn't know what he's missing.
Update (12:33 PM Eastern on 8 Oct): John of Utopian TurtleTop replies defensively. I would only point out to John that what I said was that he "missed just about everything that could be missed," which indeed he did. Unmissable except by the stone-cold deaf (which I know John is not) is the manifestly obvious that,
Wagner is a master of harmony and texture"; that he has a "genius for atmosphere" and a "mastery of . . . structure"; that the opening of "Das Rheingold" is "magical, spectral, expectant"; [...] that the story of the Ring is interesting and that "Das Rheingold" makes one curious to see the tetralogy to the end.
As for the rest of it volumes of it John missed it all. I would suggest to John that to get a hint (but only a hint) of what and how much he missed and why, he read carefully, and in installment order, the first three installments of my explanatory series on the Ring written especially to answer the needs of neophytes. Perhaps after reading these John will be moved to give Das Rheingold another, more informed, hearing.