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Ring Cycle Symposium: Cycle III

Thursday, May 19, 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 III

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: "Women and Nature in the Ring: Wisdom, Exploitation, and Heroism"
Heather Hadlock, Stanford University
Topic II: "The Evolution of the Ring in My Lifetime"
Speight Jenkins, Seattle Opera, Former General Director
On conducting, singing, and staging the production

Event Timing: Approximately 4-1/4 hours

Watch and Listen

Ring Cycle Symposium: Cycle I (audio only)

Ring Cycle Symposium: Cycle III (audio only)