Sundays beginning September 16 at 1:00 p.m.
Wagner's Ring Cycle
Robert Lepage’s acclaimed new production of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen is preceded by the broadcast of award-winning filmmaker Susan Froemke’s documentary “Wagner’s Dream,” which chronicles the backstage story of the creation of this ambitious new staging of the cycle. This is the third time a complete Ring cycle has aired on PBS.
Sunday, September 16 at 1:00 p.m.
The stakes could not be higher as visionary director Robert Lepage, some of the world’s greatest operatic artists and the Metropolitan Opera tackle Wagner’s Ring cycle. This documentary chronicles the enormous challenges in staging opera's most extravagent work.
Sunday, September 16 at 3:00 p.m.
The Rhine Gold
In the first opera in the Ring cycle, the gods of Valhalla clash with underworld dwarves and brawny giants, with disastrous consequences.
Sunday, September 23 at 1:00 p.m.
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.
Sunday, September 30 at 1:00 p.m.
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.
Sunday, October 7 at 1:00 p.m.
Twilight of the Gods
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. Heartbroken, Brünnhilde takes the ring and leaps into the hero’s funeral pyre, causing a global cataclysm and the twilight of the gods.
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