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The RING-a-Thon

Posted on: July 7, 2020

A SUMMER STREAMING EVENT OF OPERATIC PROPORTIONS is right around the corner.

Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen (you know, that epic four-part, 15-hour cycle) is coming soon to a screen near you. On July 25th to be exact. 

Starting that morning at 8:00 AM PDT, we'll be marathoning an audio stream of all four operas in one day. We're talking back-to-back audio streams of some of Wagner's greatest music. You can hunker down with us for the full 15 or tune in and out as the story progresses (and your day goes on).

We'll have special guests like Morris Robinson, Ronnita Miller, Grant Gershon, and Technical Director Jeff Kleeman pop in throughout the day with some fun surprises and Ring-inspired conversations. You'll also hear from our very own Christopher Koelsch and James Conlon at the stream's kickoff. Take a look at the schedule we have below so you can plan your RING-a-Thon. 

But before we get to the streams, there's something we should address. Please take a moment to read our statement on Richard Wagner here

RING-a-thon Schedule


LA Opera’s production of Der Ring des Nibelungen in 2010 was made possible by:

The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation

with additional support from:
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts,
and LA Opera’s Friends of the Ring Leadership Council


Das Rheingold
- 8:00 AM PDT

Ring-A-Thon: DAS RHEINGOLD: Das Rheingold Music and libretto by Richard Wagner Recorded February 2009 Conductor: James Conlon Woglinde: Stacey Tappan Wellgunde: Lauren McNeese Flosshilde: Beth Clayton Alberich: Gordon Hawkins Fricka: Michelle DeYoung Wotan: Vitalij Kowaljow Freia: Ellie Dehn Fasolt: Morris Robinson Fafner: Eric Halfvarson Froh: Beau Gibson Donner: Wayne Tigges Loge: Arnold Bezuyen Mime: Graham Clark Erda: Jill Grove *alumnus of LA Opera’s young artist program LA Opera Orchestra Director/Designer: Achim Freyer Costumes: Achim Freyer, Amanda Freyer Lighting: Achim Freyer, Brian Gale LA Opera’s production of Der Ring des Nibelungen was made possible by The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, with additional support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and LA Opera’s Friends of the Ring Leadership Council. Generous underwriting support for Das Rheingold from Margaret and David Barry, and Dr. Amin and Barbara Sadoff. Artists herein are represented by and appear courtesy of the American Guild of Musical Artists and the American Federation of Musicians, AFL-CIO. Audio Producer: Fred Vogler Audio Assistance: Tim Boot, Nick Tipp, Ignazio Terrasi Audio Department Head: Todd Reynolds Video Production: Kelly Travis Post-Production Assistance: Mark Lyons Photography: Monika Rittershaus, Robert Millard Title translation courtesy of the San Francisco Opera Association, cued by Linda Zoolalian

Posted by LA Opera on Saturday, July 25, 2020
Generous underwriting support for Das Rheingold from Margaret and David Barry, and Dr. ARmin and Barbara Sadoff. 

 Das Rheingold Cast and Credits

Die Walküre - 11:00 AM PDT

Generous underwriting support for Die Walküre from Leslie and John Dorman, Peter and Diane Gray, Marc and Eva Stern Foundation, and Barbara Augusta Teichert. 

Die Walkure Cast and Credits 

Siegfried - 3:00 PM PDT

Ring-A-Thon: SIEGFRIED: Siegfried Music and libretto by Richard Wagner Recorded October 2009 Conductor: James Conlon Mime: Graham Clark Siegfried: John Treleaven The Wanderer: Vitalij Kowaljow Alberich: Oleg Bryjak Fafner: Eric Halfvarson Woodbird: Stacey Tappan Erda: Jill Grove Brünnhilde: Linda Watson LA Opera Orchestra Director/Designer: Achim Freyer Costumes: Achim Freyer, Amanda Freyer Lighting: Achim Freyer, Brian Gale LA Opera’s production of Der Ring des Nibelungen was made possible by The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, with additional support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and LA Opera’s Friends of the Ring Leadership Council. Generous underwriting support for Siegfried from LGHG Foundation, Penny and Harold B. Ray, and an anonymous donor. Artists herein are represented by and appear courtesy of the American Guild of Musical Artists and the American Federation of Musicians, AFL-CIO. Audio Producer: Fred Vogler Audio Assistance: Tim Boot, Nick Tipp, Ignazio Terrasi, Joshua Winograde Audio Department Head: Todd Reynolds Video Production: Kelly Travis Post-Production Assistance: Mark Lyons Photography: Monika Rittershaus, Robert Millard, James Pomichter Title translation courtesy of the San Francisco Opera Association, cued by Linda Zoolalian

Posted by LA Opera on Saturday, July 25, 2020
Generous underwriting support for Siegfried from LGHG Foundation, Penny and Harold B. Ray, and an anonymous donor. 

Siegfried Cast and Credits

Götterdämmerung Act 1 - 7:00 PM PDT


Götterdämmerung Acts 2 and 3

Ring-A-Thon: GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG Acts 2 & 3: Götterdämmerung Music and libretto by Richard Wagner Recorded April 2010 Conductor: James Conlon First Norn: Jill Grove Second Norn: Michelle DeYoung Third Norn: Melissa Citro Brünnhilde: Linda Watson Siegfried: John Treleaven Gunther: Alan Held Hagen: Eric Halfvarson Gutrune: Jennifer Wilson Waltraute: Michelle DeYoung Alberich: Richard Paul Fink Woglinde: Stacey Tappan Wellgunde: Lauren McNeese Flosshilde: Ronnita Miller* *alumnus of LA Opera’s young artist program LA Opera Orchestra LA Opera Chorus Chorus Director: Grant Gershon Director/Designer: Achim Freyer Costumes: Achim Freyer, Amanda Freyer Lighting: Achim Freyer, Brian Gale LA Opera’s production of Der Ring des Nibelungen was made possible by The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, with additional support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and LA Opera’s Friends of the Ring Leadership Council. Generous underwriting support for Götterdämmerung from Mark Houston Dalzell, Lenore and Bernard Greenberg, and Lawrence A. Kern. Artists herein are represented by and appear courtesy of the American Guild of Musical Artists and the American Federation of Musicians, AFL-CIO. Audio Producer: Fred Vogler Audio Assistance: Tim Boot, Nick Tipp, Ignazio Terrasi, Joshua Winograde Audio Department Head: Todd Reynolds Video Production: Kelly Travis Post-Production Assistance: Mark Lyons Photography: Monika Rittershaus, Robert Millard, James Pomichter Title translation courtesy of the San Francisco Opera Association, cued by Linda Zoolalian

Posted by LA Opera on Saturday, July 25, 2020
Generous underwriting support for Götterdämmerung from Mark Houston Dalzell, Lenore and Bernard Greenberg, and Lawrence A. Kern. 

Götterdämmerung Cast and Credits

Make sure to follow us on Facebook and subscribe to our email list for updates on our virtual presentation of The Ring if you haven't already. You can also RSVP to the event here. Otherwise, take a look at all the ways you can prep for the operatic streaming event of the summer below.

SYNOPSES

We might not have an official program for the RING-a-Thon, but we do have official synopses for each of the productions. You can read all of them below.

DAS Rheingold Synopsis

Die Walküre Synopsis

Siegfried Synopsis

Götterdämmerung Synopsis

RING AtHome 16

(Photo by Monika Rittershaus).

PODCASTS

James Conlon sets the stage for the upcoming audio-stream of Richard Wagner's epic, four-part Ring cycle (Der Ring des Nibelungen) by reflecting on the philosophy of the German-language music drama. Listen in below. 

Don't worry, we have a few more Ring-related podcasts for you. Listen in to Maestro Conlon's pre-performance talks on all four productions below. 

Das Rheingold

Die Walküre

Siegfried

Götterdämmerung

Blog posts

Looking for Maestro Conlon's program note on the Ring cycle? Look no further.

Read it here

Lesson pLANS

Our friends and colleagues at San Francisco Opera made some grade-A (pun intended) lesson plans containing vocabulary, reading, and other curriculum connections to help teachers break down Wagner's Ring cycle.

Das Rheingold Listening guide

Die Walküre Listening Guide

Siegfried Listening Guide

Götterdämmerung Listening Guide


siegfried 186 9A shot from Siegfried (Photo by Monika Rittershaus).

Still need to RSVP to the event on Facebook? 

Do that here. 

Be sure to check back here on July 25th to catch the show.