Wagner Inside Out

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What’s the best way to listen to Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle? What’s it like to conduct at Wagner’s home court, Bayreuth? Can singing Wagner be harmful? Is Wagner the perfect Christmas gift? Today, Fabio Luisi, the principal conductor of the Metropolitan Opera and general music director of the Zurich Opera, joins Marilyn Horne to share some inside advice on how to approach the Ring.

Plus, we hear more from last week's guest, Covent Garden music director Antonio Pappano, talks about how he grew up working at the Bayreuth Festival in Germany.

And  James Jorden, editor of Parterre.com, shares a Ring-related Christmas story.

Do you have a question for our opera swami Fred Plotkin? Call (347) 878-1059 to leave your voicemail question.