And They’re Better Behaved Than Deadheads

Anyone who doubted whether a fully staged production of Wagner’s Ring could thrive at a suburban opera house (in this case, the Orange County Performing Arts Center outside L.A.) clearly doesn’t understand the obsessive nature of Wagner devotees. “If you stage the operas, pretty much anywhere, they will come, from pretty much anywhere else… ‘It helps to be a bit mad,'” says one Ring addict.