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August 27, 2013 at 3:36 PM

The ‘Ring’ cycle draws huge audience

Could have simulcast into KeyArena

Marlin Peterson's mural outside McCaw Hall welcomes people to Wagner's "Ring" cycle of operas at Seattle Opera throughout August. [Alan Berner, The Seattle Times.]

Marlin Peterson’s mural outside McCaw Hall welcomes people to Wagner’s “Ring” cycle of operas at Seattle Opera throughout August. [Alan Berner, The Seattle Times.]

Bravo and brava to our internationally renowned director Speight Jenkins, the magnificent Seattle Opera staff and all the stellar performers for yet another glorious “Ring” cycle! [“Look who’s watching the ‘Ring’ cycle,” NW Thursday, Aug. 22.]

It’s unfortunate, however, that all remaining seats under $175 were immediately devoured online on the first day of open availability.

It would have been a spectacular realization of Richard Wagner’s dream if one performance of “Das Rheingold” could have been simulcast into KeyArena, as was successfully done last season for “Madame Butterfly.”

However, in view of Seattle Opera’s financial condition as described in the article, and in the absence of a benefactor like King Ludwig II, this would have undoubtedly required corporate sponsorship.

It is highly regrettable that some of the largest Seattle-based corporations apparently do not realize the value and benefit of supporting this jewel of an organization, and prefer to confine such support to annual fireworks.

Perhaps they might consider supporting such a simulcast for a performance of the popular Puccini opera “La Boheme” next season.

Ronald Moody, Everett

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