Gergiev Hires Hot Young Director To Restage Mariinsky Ring

The company’s version of Wagner’s tetralogy, which has been touring the world for several years, has had no credited stage director; critics far and wide have made note of a certain dramatic slackness in the performances, while reaction to George Tsypin’s designs has ranged from “magical” to “outlandish” to “pretty funky.” But “it will be different in¬London [this summer], promises Gergiev. He has enlisted the young Anglo-Russian theatre director, Alexander Zeldin, to re-direct the existing production – the word being used is ‘re-imagining’ – so the version we see will be tighter and fresher.”