Ringing True

What is it about Wagner’s Ring cycle that has such a hold on so many people? “It’s absurd, lasts for ever, and has no sympathetic characters… [Furthermore, if it] does not appeal to women as much as men, it is perhaps because Wagner’s idea of love doesn’t extend much beyond sexual passion.” Still, there’s no denying the raw power of the music, as a first time Ringer found out in Cardiff this week.