Opera fans: It’s time to cook up your biggest bowl of popcorn ever. The Quick Center for the Arts is pleased to present The Met: Live in HD’s cinematic premiere of Wagner’s entire Ring cycle and an exciting new ‘making of’ documentary over several nights beginning Thursday, May 17.
Premiering live and in HD over the past two Met seasons, these stunning productions of the operas that form Wagner’s Ring have not been broadcast together until now. They are a treat for Wagner fans and a chance for opera lovers of all stripes to take in some of music’s finest talents — from Bryn Terfel as Wotan to Deborah Voigt as Brünnhilde.
The festivities begin Thursday, May 17 at 7 p.m. with Wagner’s Dream, Susan Froemke’s new documentary about the five-year journey to create the most ambitious staging in Metropolitan Opera history. A free pre-performance talk with Peter Shimkin begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are still available for this sumptuous and informative film.
On Friday, May 18, jump into the Ring proper with Das Rheingold, which begins at 5:30 p.m. Conceived as a prologue, it sets up all the dramatic issues that play out in the succeeding operas. Watch as a dwarf named Alberich steals gold from the depths of the Rhine River and forges a magical ring to give him unlimited power.
The next stirring installment is Die Walküre at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, May 21. This particularly powerful work centers on some of Wagner’s most memorable characters — from Wotan and his twins, Siegmund and Sieglinde, to his heroic Valkyrie daughter Brünnhilde, who makes a fateful decision that shatters her world.
The intrigue continues Tuesday, May 22, at 5:30 p.m. with Siegfried. Watch as the son of Siegmund and Sieglinde matures from naive boy to supreme hero, conquering many obstacles to reach his prize, Brünnhilde.
This special week concludes on Wednesday, May 23 with a 5:30 p.m. re-broadcast of Götterdämmerung, a cataclysmic climax of betrayal and loss as focus shifts from the realm of the gods to the power and ambition of human beings.
Tickets are available for each of the four operas. Bundle pricing is available for all five broadcasts, but bundle packages cannot be purchased online. Please call the Box Office at (203) 254-4010 for these purchases.
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