Wagners The Ring Cycle from an Opera Skeptics POV
Posted on 10 Sep 2012
This week, Great Performances at the Met presents Robert Lepages acclaimed new production of Wagners "Der Ring des Nibelungen," or "The Ring Cycle," a series opera lovers will surely appreciate. But what if you arent convinced that opera is your cup of tea? From one skeptic to another, let me reassure you. If youre a fan Tolkiens fantastic hobbit journeys and you enjoyed watching wascally wabbits on Saturday mornings, The Ring Cycle is for you. Youre at least already familiar with the music!
Now, Whats Opera Doc? though voted the best animated clip of all time by animation professionals in 1994 is obviously not an complete approximation of Wagners opus. But its a start, and proof that, on some level, we all probably not only know Wagners work, but also enjoy it. However, What, you say, if we only like the plot involving Bugs, and we couldnt enjoy whats happening if the music doesnt document a helmeted Elmer chasing a wabbit?
Monday night's "Wagner's Dream" provides a primer for the production's history and gets you acquainted with the composer himself.
Then, Tuesday through Friday, you can experience Wagners Ring Cycle in full. Ill be posting spoiler breakdowns strictly from the book of me every afternoon in preparation for the evening. Check back on the Engage blog for your entertainment, and give us your critiques in the comment section!
*Spoiler alert.* Follow this link for an immediate, much more … reverent … outline of The Ring Cycle. Itll quickly bring you up to speed for tonights presentation of Wagners Dream.
"Great Performances at the Met: Wagner's Dream," Monday, Sept. 10, 8-10 p.m.
"Great Performances at the Met: Wagner's Ring Cycle - Das Rheingold," Tuesday, Sept. 11, 8-11 p.m.
"Great Performances at the Met: Wagner's Ring Cycle - Die Walkure," Wednesday, Sept. 12, 8 p.m. - 12 a.m.
"Great Performances at the Met: Wagner's Ring Cycle - Siegfried," Thursday, Sept. 13, 8 p.m. - 12 a.m.
"Great Performances at the Met: Wagner's Ring Cycle - Gotterdammerung," Friday, Sept. 14, 9 p.m. - 12 a.m.