Media , Music , News Apr 26, 2010 No Comments

“Hey, Richard Wagner — why so serious? The 19th century German composer of “The Ring of the Nibelung” wasn’t known for his sense of humor. His long, serious operas barely crack a smile while tackling such singularly un-funny subjects as death, unrequited love and self-immolation. Comedy, of course, thrives on the the dramatic, the tragic and the self-important. So it should be no surprise that the “Ring” — perhaps the ultimate in epic, tragic opera — has inspired numerous parodies over the years, many of which have found their way to YouTube where they can be enjoyed over and over again.”

Ring cycle parodies thrive on YouTube, LA Times Culture Monster.

Andrew Frost

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