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Ring Cycle Symposium: Cycle II

Thursday, May 12, 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 II

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 a 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. 

Topic I: "The Music of the Ring: A Struggle Between Elemental Themes"
Jeffrey Swann, New York University
How the interrelations and transformations of a few basic motives express and illustrate the conflicts between nature, power, love, and heroism, which are all at the heart of the Ring
Topic II: "Casting the Ring on Two Continents"
Eva Wagner-Pasquier, Bayreuth Festival, Former Co-Director; The Metropolitan Opera, Artistic Consultant
Jonathan Friend, The Metropolitan Opera, Artistic Administrator
Moderated by Francesca Zambello, Wagner-Pasquier and Friend discuss the challenges of casting and producing the Ring, both in America and Europe, over the course of their significant careers in opera administration.

Event Timing: Approximately 4-1/4 hours

Watch and Listen

Ring Cycle Symposium: Cycle I (audio only)

Ring Cycle Symposium: Cycle II (audio only)

Ring Cycle Symposium: Cycle III (audio only)