Episode #6

August 13, 1876: The First-Ever 'Ring' Cycle at Bayreuth

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The past year has seen the debuts of three major productions of Wagner's 'Ring' Cycle -- in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. The first staging of the four-part, 18-hour cycle took place 135 years ago, in Bayreuth, Germany. This week's show explores the appeal and danger of Wagner’s full-immersion mythology and why the composer was so important, even to those who hated him.

Comments [2]

Frank Feldman

Suzanne Vega is smart, sexy, talented, and I don't give a hoot what she does or doesn't know about classical music.

Jul. 12 2011 07:18 PM
Silversalty from Brooklyn

Somewhat off topic but today I happened to catch on a local college radio station (the college with the "blocks of granite") a series of tunes sung by Ms. Vega. They were tributes to various musicians, including one from my old neighborhood, Leonard Cohen.

They were captivating.

Paying tribute to those special to the creation and furthering of music seems to be ingrained in Ms. Vega.

The occasion? Apparently it's Ms. Vega's birthday. She's 25 or some permutation or combination thereof.

Happy birthday Ms. Vega and thanks.

Jul. 11 2011 08:21 PM

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