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Putting on the <i>Ring:</i> Wagner's Monumental Cycle Comes to Washington

Putting on the Ring: Wagner's Monumental Cycle Comes to Washington

Saturday, March 12, 2016 9:30 AM

The Ring Washington National Opera

Opera expert Fred Plotkin is joined by the director, designers, and musicians working on WNO's Ring for a day-long immersion certain to fascinate those new to the cycle as well as devotees who travel the world to see new productions.

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NOTE: This event does NOT take place at the Kennedy Center

Putting on the Ring: Wagner's Monumental Cycle
A Co-Presentation of The Smithsonian Associates and Washington National Opera
Saturday, March 12, 2016, 9:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
S. Dillon Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Drive, SW, Washington, D.C.  20560

The presentation of Der Ring des Nibelungun, Richard Wagner's four-opera masterpiece, is the most ambitious undertaking of all in the live performing arts. Wagner called the cycle a Gesamtkunstwerk, a total work of art in which all the musical and theatrical elements must seamlessly merge. 

The Ring comes to Washington for three complete cycles in May 2016 with world-class musical and theatrical forces assembled by Washington National Opera. Opera expert Fred Plotkin is joined by the director, designers, and leading musicians working on WNO's Ring for a day-long immersion certain to fascinate those new to the cycle as well as the "Ring devotees" who travel the world to see Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, Siegfried, and Götterdämmerung wherever they are being performed.

PATRON NOTES: Tickets for this program are available through The Smithsonian Associates ONLY. For further information about the day-long program and to reserve tickets, please call (202) 633-3030 or visit: smithsonianassociates.org.