The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music: Wagner’s “Ring” cycle comes to your home starting Monday night as PBS and Wisconsin Public Television host the Metropolitan Opera’s legendary and controversial new production every night this week.

September 9, 2012

By Jacob Stockinger

In case you missed it the first time and want to see and hear it — or in case you want to do so again, PBS and Wisconsin Public Television will air Richard Wagner’s entire mammoth “Ring” cycle every night this week. (Check local times.)

Superstar soprano Deborah Voigt, who sang the role of Brunnhilde (below), will be the host of the series, done by “Great Performances.”

Every night the production starts airing at 8 p.m.

It starts Monday night with “Wagner’s Dream,” a documentary about the ambitious and controversial production — with the complex and npot always reliable set known as The Machine (below) — as staged by the Metropolitan Opera in New York City and director Robert Lepage. Some of the outstanding singers include Bryn Terfel, Stephanie Blythe, Eric Owens, Deborah Voigt, Jonas Kaufmann and Jay Hunter Morris.

Here is the full schedule:

Monday: “Wagner’s Dream”

Tuesday: “Das Rheingold

Wednesday: “Die Walkure”

Thursday: “Siegfried”

Friday: “Gotterdammerung”

You can check this blog information search site for more stories about it.

I also suggest Googling the various productions by title, especially for critical reviews and previews. Check out especially The New York Times’ various critics, The New Yorker’s Alex Ross and The Washington Post’s Anne Midgette.

It was a historic two-year project at the Met and for the “Met Live in HD”  broadcasts.

And now you can experience it in your home. So, Wagner addicts: Here is your chance for a week-long fill of music and drama.

Here is a link to PBS previews:

Also, be sure to check out the longer short excerpts from the individual operas at the bottom of the web page.

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