UNC Wilmington Presents a Musical Event: Wagner’s Ring Cycle Live in HD from the NY Metropolitan Opera

A scene from Act 3 of Wagner’s “Die Walküre” with the Valkuries and Deborah Voigt as Brünnhilde in the Metropolitan Opera's new staging of the complete Ring cycle. (Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

The Department of Film Studies and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of North Carolina Wilmington present Wagner's epic opera Der Ring des Nibelungen, the complete Ring cycle, recorded live at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City and shown in high definition. All four parts of the Ring cycle, more than 16 hours of opera, as well as Wagner's Dream, a documentary film on the making of this cutting-edge new production, will be shown in one week, May 20-25, in UNCW's King Hall Auditorium.

Individual performance tickets are $10 for the documentary film and $18 per opera showing for OLLI members/$20 for non-members. Complete packages, including the documentary and all four opera showings, are $70 for OLLI members/$85 for non-members. Tickets are available in advance only and may be purchased online at www.uncw.edu/metopera or by calling 910.962.3195.

The schedule is as follows:

Wagner's Dream
Sunday, May 20, 4 p.m.
A new companion documentary by Susan Froemke
Running time: 1 hour, 52 minutes

An intimate look at the enormous theatrical and musical challenges of staging opera's most monumental work, the film chronicles the quest by visionary director Robert Lepage and the Metropolitan Opera to fulfill Wagner's dream of a perfect Ring.

Part I: Das Rheingold  (The Rhine Gold)
Monday, May 21, 1 p.m.
Running time: 168 minutes, with no intermission. In the first opera in the Ring cycle, the gods of Valhalla clash with underworld dwarves and brawny giants, with disastrous consequences.

Part II: Die Walküre (The Valkyrie)
Tuesday, May 22, 1 p.m.
Running time: 259 minutes, including 1 intermission. The mysterious hero Siegmund finds shelter in the strangely familiar arms of a lonely woman named Sieglinde. Their forbidden love leads Wotan's daughter, the warrior maiden Brünnhilde, to defy morality and intervene on behalf of the hero.

Part III: Siegfried
Thursday, May 24,  1 p.m.
Running time: 258, including one intermission. The young hero Siegfried grows up in the wilderness, raised by Alberich's conniving brother Mime. He puts together the broken pieces of the sword Nothung, uses it to slay the fearsome dragon Fafner, and takes the Ring for himself. To fulfill his destiny, he must overcome one more opponent-Wotan.

Part IV: Götterdämmerung  (Twilight of the Gods)
Friday, May 25, 1 p.m.
Running time: 287 minutes, including one intermission. Siegfried and Brünnhilde's love is torn apart by the curse of the Ring. A trio of scheming humans separates the two heroes in a desperate attempt to steal the Ring for themselves. Their villainous plan fails, but they succeed in murdering Siegfried.

The Met Live in HD is brought to UNCW by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, the UNCW Film Studies department, and John C. Sauer, in memory of his mother, Margaret Sauer, and his wife, Donna Sauer.

Media contacts:
Amy Keith, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, keithaw@uncw.edu or 910.962.4034
Dana Fischetti, media relations manager, fischettid@uncw.edu or 910.508.3127