The Ring cycle (Der Ring des Nibelungen), Wagner’s monumental work, was first presented in 1876. This four-part, 16-hour epic features gods and mortals vying for power across a universe that has been envisioned and revisioned by scores of directors over the Ring’s 130 year history.
The Met: Live in HD presents an encore of the complete Ring cycle to close the program’s 6th season. A work as immense and complex as Wagner’s epic can seem intimidating—both for directors and audiences alike—and The Met: Live in HD will begin its encore presentation of the Ring by screening Wagner’s Dream, a new documentary film that chronicles the challenges and triumphs of mounting a production of the Ring, on May 7th at 7 PM. The film is both an introduction to the Ring cycle and a rare peek behind the curtain at Robert Lepage’s groundbreaking production. The Met: Live in HD will then present an encore of the complete Ring cycle in four parts, beginning with “Das Rheingold” on Sunday, May 13 at 1 PM. “Die Walkure” will be broadcast Sunday, May 20 at 12:30 PM, followed by “Siegfried” on Sunday, May 27 at 12:30 PM and “Gotterdammerung” on Sunday, June 3 at 12 PM.