The opening evening of Richard Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen, Das Rheingold is the prologue of the cycle, which is followed in turn by the music dramas Die Walküre, Siegfried, and Götterdämmerung. The first instalment in Jaap van Zweden's projected Ring with the Hong Kong Philharmonic – an undertaking he regards as central to his tenure with the orchestra – is a promising beginning that may surprise many experienced Wagnerians. Van Zweden is ambitious in presenting the Ring with this orchestra, which plays it for the first time, though in fairness to the musicians, they offer an intensity and vigor that more than makes up for any minor scrappiness.
"Hopeless Romantic" is the fourth studio album by Michelle Branch. It’s scheduled to be released on April 7th. It serves as follow-up to 2010’s EP "Everything Comes and Goes", and becomes the first full length project in about 14 years ("Hotel Paper" was released in 2003). The singer-songwriter worked with the Black Keys’ Patrick Carney on her fourth LP. He told her "This is your record, it has to sound like you". She discovered was a laid-back rock & roll sound, with deeply personal lyrics inspired by her 2015 divorce and — plot twist! — her budding romance with Carney. "The lust, the love, the heartbreak" she says. "It’s all there".