An Alternative Look at Wagner's Ring Cycle

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The New York Metropolitan Opera spent some $16 million on the elaborate set and notoriously high-tech production of "Das Rheingold," the first of the four operas that comprise Richard Wagner's "Ring" cycle. Meanwhile, amongst the repurposed warehouses of Bushwick, Brooklyn, Performance Lab 115 has placed the first two operas of the "Ring" cycle in the kitschy Americana of a 1980's wrestling ring.

In this week's Arts File on WQXR, WNYC's Kerry Nolan speaks to John Mauceri, who has worked with Wagner's music throughout his career as a conductor and orchestra director. Mauceri takes a look at Wagner's historic story, and the benefits and perils of taking it out of the context of opera.

Still from Performance Lab 115's production of Wagner's Ring Cycle
Still from Performance Lab 115's production of Wagner's Ring Cycle ( Photo © Sue Kessler/ Performance Lab 115 )
Still from Performance Lab 115's production of Wagner's Ring Cycle
Still from Performance Lab 115's production of Wagner's Ring Cycle ( Photo © Sue Kessler/ Performance Lab 115 )
Still from Performance Lab 115's production of Wagner's Ring Cycle
Still from Performance Lab 115's production of Wagner's Ring Cycle ( Photo © Sue Kessler/ Performance Lab 115 )
Still from Performance Lab 115's production of Wagner's Ring Cycle
Still from Performance Lab 115's production of Wagner's Ring Cycle ( Photo © Sue Kessler/ Performance Lab 115 )
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