Why Celebrating Wagner’s Ring Is Good For Los Angeles

A Los Angeles County supervisor’s demand that L.A. Opera “delete the focus on Wagner” from its “Ring” festival “would be a cultural public relations disaster for Los Angeles…. It would bankrupt L.A. Opera, which has been ‘Ring’ obsessed for a decade. It would harm Los Angeles’ economy: The tourism industry is banking on a ‘Ring’ windfall, and the ‘Ring Festival’ brings together 50 different arts organizations. And it’s even bad for the Jews.” There are artistic and political arguments against it, too.