Opera Preview: Ring by Richard Wagner (1813-1883)
THE RING OF THE NIBELUNGEN was first performed in its entirety at Bayreuth in the summer of 1876. The world had seen nothing like it-a music/drama cycle of incredible scope-four complete operas in four nights with 16 hours of performing time. That should have put off opera audiences used to a single opera and 3 hours running time.
Instead Wagner’s Ring has fascinated opera audiences, more now than ever, especially in Seattle. It has everything-giants, Gods, dwarves, a river, a curse, a magic ring, two spell-binding love stories, a rainbow bridge, mermaids, fabulous music, and a story with the most powerful of themes, “Power corrupts but Love redeems”.
Don’t miss it!
Sponsored by the Friends of the Libraries.
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Last Updated: May 2, 2013