Unbelievable. So much so that I honestly didn’t believe it until I went to their website.

This is troubling, indeed.

I can’t imagine how this is good in ANY possible way, other than avoiding hiring an orchestra. Opera without live instrumentalists?

One. Huge. Fail.


The festival has since put up a pathetic explanation to their digital orchestra. I’m sorry, but the explanation is also a big fail.


  1. I would be OK with this if they just admitted that they didn’t have the budget for an orchestra but wanted to bring The Ring to Connecticut as best they could. That’s dignified and totally legitimate, and would leave the door open for the future… if they sounded like they wanted an orchestra, maybe a donor would decide to make it happen. Unfortunately they seem to have decided to try to make the lack of orchestra some kind of selling point… “State-of-the-art fully digital orchestra”? Really?

  2. Agreed. There are so many talented orchestra musicians that need the work. Nothing beats live instrumental music in my opinion. I think it is very disrespectful to Wagner to use a digital orchestra. Choirs and singing seem very popular these days though. I have one favorite composer that used to compose for orchestra and band and now just focuses on composing for choirs from what I can tell. The voices in the choirs who sing this composer’s music seem to be enhanced electronically too. It’s pretty music, but not my favorite.

  3. The Ring Cycle is NOTHING without a live orchestra. I’ve attended two cycles (San Francisco and Seattle) and the audience obviously pays GREAT attention to the orchestra. I’ve listened and watched three others (thank you internet) that all involved live instrumentalists.

    I’m SO dismayed that they would attempt something like this. I’m more dismayed about another issue, but will remain silent about it for now. I hope it fails miserably, to be honest. I’ve never felt that way so strongly about something before. 🙁