Map: A Guide to Ring Cycles Around the Globe

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - 12:00 AM

With the 200th anniversary of Richard Wagner's birth this year come productions of the composer's Ring cycle around the world. 

There are more than 15 opera houses scheduled to present the Ring cycle in the second half of the year alone. Of course, the Bayreuth Festspielhaus — where the 16-hour, four-opera saga premiered in 1876 — will present its version beginning in late July. The festival will be joined by opera houses all over Europe, including the German Opera in Berlin and the Netherlands Opera in Amsterdam.

Besides Europe, some far corners of the globe will see the epic as well. Opera Australia in Melbourne is to perform the complete Ring in November. Later this month, there is a production of Die Walkure at the Theatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

There are, of course, productions of The Ring of Nibelung in the U.S. as well. In August, both Seattle Opera and the Opera Theater of Saint Louis will perform Ring cycle operas. Other productions are scheduled into 2014. Check out our interactive map to find productions of the Ring near you (click on the individual icons to learn more about each production). 

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Comments [3]

Harry from Howard Beach, NY

Thruthfully, isi it me, or is anyone interested in the "copy and "paste" repetitious dribble of Kenneth Bennett Lane?
I for one am getting bored of even going to these comments for the sheer fear of encountering another rambling discourse.
We should call these comment pages the Kenneth Bennett Lane Dribble.

Jul. 25 2013 09:29 PM
Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

FRANZ LISZT who had been a friend of Wagner for many years and had transcribed many of Wagner's choicest selections maintaining their essence and allowing for virtuoso display with elan, also prepared LOHENGRIN's world premiere when Wagner was for political reasons unable to participate. COSIMA, Liszt's daughter became Wagner's second wife and was intimately involved in all matters that touched on Wagner's aspirations and enterprises. Just as BACH's music is performed by all sorts of instrumental ensembles , even the MOOG, so Wagner's music may be thoroughly enjoyed in piano arrangements, but their original versions with singers are the definitive versions. The incandescent beauty and intoxicating spirituality are so transformational in Wagner's oeuvre that any religious belief may be accommodated and synthesized to replicate the sense of selfless empathy for the welfare of others that the sacrificed UNICO represents to us all. That may explain why so many famous JEWISH singers GEORGE LONDON, RICHARD TAUBER, HERMANN JADLOWKER, MELANIE KURT, FRIEDRICH SCHORR, ALEXANDER KIPNIS, EMANUEL LIST, JONAS KAUFMANN, OTTILIE METZGER, LILLI LEHMANN, HERMANN WEIL, DESZO ERNSTER, HERTA GLAZ, MARGARETE MATZENAUER, SOPHIE BRASLAU, WALTER OLITZKY, GERHARD PECHNER, ESTELLE LIEBLING, MONA PAULEE, GUNTHER TREPTOW, PAULA LENCHNER, ALMA GLUCK, ADOLF ROBINSON, IRENE JESSNER, MAX BLOCH, ERNESTINE SCHUMANN-HEINK, HERMANN SCHRAMM, SIEGFRIED JERUSALEM, PAUL KALISCH, ETC], conductors LEONARD BERNSTEIN, JAMES LEVINE, BRUNO WALTER, ALFRED HERTZ, DANIEL BARENBOIM, GEORG SOLTI, WALTER AND LEOPOLD DAMROSCH, ARTUR RODZINSKY, RICHARD FRANK GOLDMAN AND HIS FATHER THE FOUNDER OF THE GOLDMAN BAND THAT PERFORMED BRASS INSTRUMENT VERSIONS OF THE WAGNER "REP," FRITZ REINER, SERGE KOUSSEVITZKY, FABIEN SEVITSKY, ERICH LEINSDORF, and HERMANN LEVI, the conductor whom Wagner himself appointed to premiere PARSIFAL at Bayreuth, Levi's father being a rabbi, and Levi reportedly denied Wagner's request for him to turn Christian, still Wagner decided LEVI was the best one to cinduct his work, ETC. and stage directors HERBERT GRAF AND LEOPOLD SACHSE dedicated the fullest portion of their careers to performing Wagner's music dramas.

Jul. 25 2013 07:34 PM
Sanford Rothenberg from Brooklyn

The plethora of "Ring" presentations will have Wagnerites travelling around the globe to indulge in their passion.I imagine that our own Fred Plotkin will leave his pursuit of "Mikegate" as he adds to his list of "Ring" productions viewed.The BBC Proms concert performances may prove to be more enjoyable than settings on Route 66,or on an escalator(The Lepage "Dreck from Quebec".)

Jul. 24 2013 12:46 AM

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