The drama llama was taken out of its stable earlier today in Los Angeles; British tenor John Treleaven (Siegfried) and American soprano Linda Watson (Brunnhilde), who had been quoted last month in the Los Angeles Times slamming German director Achim Freyer's staging of LA Opera's Ring, apologized to the board of directors of LA Opera in a letter (full text here).
But they didn't deny they said what was reported, they simply argue that:
1) LA Opera asked them to give the interview
2) A "selective and biased representation of these interviews" was somehow performed by the paper
3) All without denying any of the quotes attributed to them (the reporter must have them on tape)
4) Therefore, it was all a, quote, "misunderstanding" of some sort.
5) They now call Freyer's Ring a "fantastic, history-making project".
OC's take: you either keep your mouth shut about how much the director sucks or you learn how to make it clear to a reporter that something you're about to say is "off the record". But if you really want to let people know how bad a very expensive project you're involved in really is, you don't wait for two weeks to write a carefully worded letter to your bosses where you can't even deny you said what you said.