Why the Mariinsky Ring?

“The whole package, including the famous conductor and chorus, is only $29.99 a night a seat and we can sell out at $50 a seat. We’ll make a
killing! Lets do it!”
“But boss, this production has gotten uniformly bad reviews on three continents!”
“Idiot critics… they don’t matter anymore. Besides, Wagner fans are automatically wired to buy the Ring.”
“Please boss, think about it. It’s just bad art. To mangle Wagner with incapable singers and a laughable staging. That’s not what we should be
doing!”
“What the hell does art have to do with opera? It’s show business! Go block out the time on the calendar and stop your whining.”

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