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The Metropolitan Opera Big Event: Wagner’s Complete “Ring” Cycle
Join Road Scholar at the Met to attend Wagner’s “Der Ring des Nibelungen.” Learn about the history of the Ring Cycle’s epic dramas and what it takes to bring them to the stage.
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Program No. 11941RJ
8 days
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Be there with Road Scholar as Wagner’s “Der Ring des Nibelungen,” returns to the Metropolitan Opera for the first time in six seasons. These epic dramas, commonly known as "The Ring Cycle," are considered by many to be the pinnacle of operatic literature and combine mythology, philosophy and psychology with soul-stirring, dramatic music — the “Ride of the Valkyries” perhaps being the most famous segment. We’ve got your ticket to this grand operatic event, conducted by Philippe Jordan and featuring the Met debut of Christine Goerke in her role as Brünnhilde.
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Waking up to one mile per day with lots of stairs. Public transportation used exclusively throughout program.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Attend all four operas of Wagner’s “Ring,” featuring world-renowned Wagnerian singers and conductor.
  • Enjoy an expert-led exploration of Lincoln Center to learn what it takes to produce over 30 large-scale musical events every year.
  • Learn more about the history of the operas and what goes into bringing them to the stage during background lectures and special presentations exclusively for Road Scholar participants.
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Daniel Egan
Daniel Egan has degrees in music theory from St. Olaf, the Eastman School of Music and Yale, where he is on faculty. He has appeared as soloist or ensemble singer with the New York Philharmonic, Opera Orchestra of New York, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and was in the permanent ensemble at New York City Opera. His recordings include “Sweeney Todd” with the New York Philharmonic and backup vocals for Patti Page’s "Live at Carnegie Hall: The 50th Anniversary Concert.” Both earned Grammy nominations.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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