Point taken. But let's take a moment and recall some of that indisputable Wagnerian grandeur before we encounter Martin's refreshingly "astringent" take in BLO's production of The Love Potion next week.
First, Lennie leads the hometown band in the Prelude:
Some excepts from the fascinating 1995 Bayreuth production directed by Heiner Müller, conducted by Barenboim and strikingly designed by Erich Wonder. This performance has a rapt, mystical, ritualistic tone that even seems to link it to some of the ideas behind the BLO production of The Love Potion.
Birgit Nilsson and Jon Vickers, two great Wagnerian performers, from a 1973 production:
And to end on a less ponderous note, here's a little amuse-bouche by Chabrier. Shall we dance?