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Ring Cycle Symposium: Cycle I

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 10:30 AM

Explore the Arts The Ring Washington National Opera

In this full-day sequence of lectures, Ring experts and distinguished guests will take you through the music and history of Wagner's epic saga and how WNO has brought it to life on stage. Boxed lunch included.

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Ring Cycle Symposium: Cycle I

Curated and moderated by Dr. Clifford (Kip) Cranna, San Francisco Opera, Dramaturg
Interested in exploring the depths of opera's greatest epic masterpiece? WNO convenes scholars, opera producers, and members of the cast and production team to examine the musical, historical, and artistic significance of the Ring. Each cycle's symposium includes several guest speakers on varying topics, a boxed lunch* and Q&A with artists, and a chance to hear from Artistic Director Francesca Zambello and Music Director Philippe Auguin. 

Topic I: 10:30–11:45 a.m.
Topic II: 11:55 a.m.–1:10 p.m.
Boxed lunch pickup: 1:10–1:30 p.m.
Q&A with Francesca Zambello and Philippe Auguin: 1:30–2 p.m.
Q&A with the artists: 2–2:45 p.m.
Finish by 3 p.m.
*The boxed lunch includes your choice of sandwich from a variety of non-vegetarian and vegetarian options, a bag of chips, whole fruit, a house-made cookie, and a beverage. Upon purchasing a symposium ticket, you will receive an email confirmation with a link to make your lunch selection.
Topic I: "The Eyes Have It: Glances, Glimmers, and Glares in the Ring"
Jeffrey Buller, Florida Atlantic University
Significant glances in the Ring: The imagery of sight and insight in this visual as well as musical work, with thematic analyses
Topic II: "Ever Stirs the Soul: Exploring Wagner's Alchemy in the Ring"
Sue Elliott, Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto
As characters onstage progress from divine to human, audiences escape their tight cages of daily life in exaltation. How does Wagner's synthesis of musical, poetic, and dramaturgical elements create this operatic gold?

Event Timing: Approximately 4-1/4 hours

Watch and Listen

Ring Cycle Symposium: Cycle I (audio only)

Ring Cycle Symposium: Cycle III (audio only)