MSM music critic Zachary Woolfe unwittingly demonstrates by example what it means to be Eurotrash-besotted. Tweets Mr. Woolfe about Frank Castorf's über-absurd Bayreuth Eurotrash staging of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen of which staging Mr. Woolfe was firsthand witness:
[There was] a lot that made me feel stupid, but a lesson in how much we've come to depend on directors for clear answers, even if provocative ones.Mr. Woolfe seems to have lost sight of the fact that in a Wagner music-drama (i.e., those stageworks subsequent to Lohengrin) the music, built upon the narrative armature of the text, provides an attentive audience all it needs for "clear answers" to any questions it might have; that in fact that very thing is at the very heart of Wagner's unique genius. Mr. Woolfe, it would seem, is in urgent need of some curative or rehabilitative therapy to restore his critical judgment and understanding of such matters.