It ends badly. Not Richard Wagner’s masterpiece. Tannhaüser ends well. I mean this new production from Los Angeles Opera which opened on Sunday 24 October. And, as the ending of Tannhaüser is the apex of the medieval redemption story with which Wagner was fixated, get that wrong and you’ve messed up.
David McVicar’s production of Medea is a totally absorbing take on Cherubini’s masterpiece.