Wagner's Ring Cycle

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The stakes could not be higher as visionary director Robert Lepage, several of the world's greatest operatic artists, and the Metropolitan Opera tackle Wagner's Ring Cycle. In an intimate look at the enormous theatrical and musical challenges of staging opera's most monumental work, Susan Froemke’s film chronicles the quest to fulfill Wagner's dream of the perfect Ring.

Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen is preceded by the broadcast of award-winning filmmaker Susan Froemke’s documentary "Wagner's
Dream," which chronicles the backstage story of the creation of this ambitious new staging of the cycle.

Wagner's Ring Cycle on Great Performances at the Met

September 10-13 at 8pm & September 14 at 8:30pm on PBS North

9.10 - "Wagner's Dream"

The companion documentary, Wagner’s Dream, chronicling the backstage challenges of creating the Met’s landmark production, begins week-long Wagner festival.

9.11 - "Das Rheingold (The Rhine Gold)"

In the first opera in the Ring cycle, the gods of Valhalla clash with underworld dwarves and brawny giants, with disastrous consequences.

9.12 - "Die Walkure (The Valkyrie)"

The mysterious hero Siegmund finds shelter in the strangely familiar arms of a lonely woman named Sieglinde.

9.13 - "Seigriend"

To fulfill his destiny, the young hero Siegfried must overcome one more opponent.

9.14 - "Gotterdammerung (Twilight of the Gods)" at 8:30pm

A trio of scheming humans separates the two heroes in a desperate attempt to steal the ring for themselves.