The Ring of the Nibelungen was first performed in its entirety at Bayreuth in the summer of 1876. The world had seen nothing like it-a music/drama cycle of incredible scope-four complete operas in four nights with 16 hours of performing time. That should have put off opera audiences used to a single opera and 3 hours running time. Instead Wagner’s Ring has fascinated opera audiences, more now than ever, especially in Seattle.
Norm Hollingshead will offer the following previews:
Tuesday, June 25, 7pm: Das Rheingold
Tuesday, July 9, 7pm: Die Walkure
Tuesday, July 16, 7pm: Siegfried
Tuesday, July 23, 7pm: Gotterdammerung
Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.