PROGRAM REGISTRATION: 4:00-5:00pm. Meet the program staff and pick up your welcome packet.
RECEPTION: 5:00pm. Enjoy a hosted reception with light snacks in our private meeting room at the hotel.
ORIENTATION: 5:30pm. We will have an informative overview of the program, review the schedule, and cover responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.
You are about to embark on a musical adventure, experiencing the most monumental achievement in all of opera: Richard Wagner’s “Ring” Cycle. The program has been designed to provide numerous opportunities to learn more about different aspects of the “Ring” and each of the four operas. That’s a lot of musical intensity, so we have also scheduled time for you to explore and enjoy some highlights of our home city, Seattle.Dinner: Dinner is in our meeting room.Evening: INTRODUCTIONS: Dinner is followed by an opportunity to begin getting to know your fellow participants.
LISTENING DEVICES: Our program is equipped with personal listening devices (included in the program price). This state-of-the-art technology makes it possible for everyone to hear clearly what the experts have to say and the knowledge they share. They are comfortable and easy to use. We will have a brief demonstration and practice to enhance your enjoyment and appreciation of the program.Lodging: The Red Lion Hotel on Fifth AvenueMeals Included: Dinner
EXCURSION: Learn about Seattle's 107-year-old Pike Place Market and stroll the three blocks there from our hotel.Lunch: Lunch is on your own to enjoy the cuisine of your choice. Choose from among the Market's 60-plus restaurants and cafés. Recommendations will be provided.Afternoon: FREE AFTERNOON: You may continue exploring on your own or return to the hotel. We recommend taking time to explore the Market at your own pace. Talk to farmers, flower vendors, and artisans about their work. Bring some treats back for later!Dinner: Because the lecture begins so early we'll eat on our own before departure or at intermission when there will be an opportunity to purchase “small plates.”Evening: PRE-PERFORMANCE LECTURE: 5:30pm. Attend a one-hour pre-performance lecture by Robert McClung, from Seattle Opera's Department of Education, on aspects of our first opera.
PERFORMANCE: 7:00pm, “Das Rheingold.” In order to make an all-powerful ring from the Rhine gold he has stolen, the dwarf Alberich curses love and hell breaks loose. Principal artists currently scheduled include Richard Paul Fink as Alberich, Stephanie Blythe as Fricka, and Greer Grimsley as Wotan. The performance is conducted by Asher Fisch, regarded as one of the world’s leading interpreters of Wagner.Lodging: The Red Lion Hotel on Fifth AvenueMeals Included: Breakfast
PERFORMANCE: 6:00pm, “Die Walküre.” Forbidden romance, high-stakes drama, and unforgettable music culminate in a fiery showdown. Principal artists currently scheduled include Stuart Skelton as Siegmund, Margaret Jane Wray as Sieglinde, Greer Grimsley as Wotan, Alwyn Mellor as Brünnhilde, and Stephanie Blythe as Fricka. The conductor is Asher Fisch.Lodging: The Red Lion Hotel on Fifth AvenueMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Michael Hackett is a Professor of Theater in the School of Theater, Film and Television at UCLA and Chair of the Department of Theater. He has directed for the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; the Royal Theatre at The Hague; and many more. His topic is “The Integration of Music, Poetry, and Physical Action.”
Mark Berry, a lecturer in Music at Royal Holloway, University of London, will discuss “The Beginning of the World and its Destruction: Examining Wagner’s Exploration of Power."Lunch: We will have lunch with Symposium attendees with an opportunity to participate in Q&A with Speight Jenkins, Seattle Opera General Director, and stage director Stephen Wadsworth.Afternoon: SYMPOSIUM continues: François Rochaix, Stage Director of Seattle Opera’s second “Ring” and Parsifal, examines “Paradoxes and Contradictions: How Wagner’s Personal Evolution During Composition of the Ring Stimulates a Director.”
The remainder of the afternoon and evening are free to explore Seattle's many attractions on your own. Program staff will be happy to provide suggestions.Dinner: Dinner is on your own this evening. The hotel has two restaurants and there are many excellent options in the vicinity. Suggestions will be provided.Evening: FREE EVENING: Enjoy Seattle's lively theater and music scene or set out on your own adventure.Lodging: The Red Lion Hotel on Fifth AvenueMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
PERFORMANCE: 6:00pm. "Siegfried" chronicles the development of the naïve yet fearless child of the Siegmund-Sieglinde union. Principal artists currently scheduled include Stefan Vinke as Siegfried, Greer Grimsley as the Wanderer, and Alwyn Mellor as Brünnhilde. Asher Fisch conducts.Lodging: The Red Lion Hotel on Fifth AvenueMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
"Die Götterdämmerung" -- The Twilight of the Gods -- concludes this extraordinary musical, mythological, and dramatic journey. Stefan Vinke as Siegfried and Alwyn Mellor as Brünnhilde head the stellar cast conducted by Asher Fisch.Lodging: The Red Lion Hotel on Fifth AvenueMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
EXCURSION: For our final outing, we will take the monorail to “the Needle” and ascend in its glass-fronted elevator to the observation deck for a panoramic view of Seattle and surroundings. Return downtown at your convenience.
The program concludes with this excursion. Hotel check-out is by 12:00 Noon.
We hope you have enjoyed this extraordinary program and will return for other rewarding Road Scholar learning adventures in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!Meals Included: Breakfast