One Ring to rule them all

Pasatiempo - - ACTS RANDOM -

The Ever­est that all opera lovers should con­quer sooner or later is Der Ring des Ni­belun­gen (The Ring of the Ni­belung), Richard Wag­ner’s cy­cle of four mu­sic dra­mas that trace a multigenerational tale of epic power strug­gles be­tween gods and mor­tals, con­flicts among pri­mor­dial Ger­man­ics both valiant and scur­rilous, mur­der, in­cest, fire, flood, dragons, fly­ing horses, and a bird en­dowed with speech — or at least, it sings with words. Wag­ner in­tended the four dra­mas, to­gether com­pris­ing some 15 hours of mu­sic, to be ex­pe­ri­enced on sep­a­rate days in rel­a­tively close suc­ces­sion. (Australia’s Syd­ney Sym­phony Orches­tra has help­fully pro­vided a two-and-a-half-minute plot sum­mary at www.youtube.com/watch?v=AgzZ_nLOJJE.) The Wag­ner So­ci­ety of Santa Fe has snagged ex­clu­sive Amer­i­can rights to the HD screen­ing of the com­plete tetral­ogy from the Vi­enna State Opera, con­ducted by Simon Rat­tle and shown here with English sub­ti­tles. The op­eras will be pre­sented suc­ces­sively at The Screen (1600 St. Michaels Drive) at 11 a.m. on four days — Satur­day, June 13 (Das Rheingold); Sun­day, June 14

(Die Walküre); Tues­day, June 16 (Siegfried); and Thurs­day, June 18 (Göt­ter­däm­merung). Ad­mis­sion is free (though the Wag­ner So­ci­ety will grate­fully ac­cept dona­tions), but space must be re­served in ad­vance via an e-mail to wag­n­er­so­ci­ety­of­santafe@gmail.com. — James M. Keller

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