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