Ring Dress Rehearsals5:30 PM
Experience the Ring5:30 PM
Make Some Noise! Ring Open House10:00 AM
Donor Backstage Tour10:00 AM
Donor Backstage Tour11:00 AM
Welcome Reception4:30 PM
50th Birthday Bash7:00 PM
Seattle Opera On KING FM8:00 PM
Search for Orchestral Color: An Exclusive Exhibit9:00 AM
Inside The Ring with Sue Elliott10:00 AM
Pre-Performance Talk5:30 PM
Valhalla Lounge5:30 PM
Das Rheingold7:00 PM
Rheingold Revelry10:00 PM
Pre-Performance Talk4:30 PM
Valhalla Lounge4:30 PM
Progressive Dinners5:00 PM
Die Walküre6:00 PM
Post-Performance Q&A10:45 PM
2013 Technical Theatre Workshop9:00 AM
Ring Symposium - Signature Event10:00 AM
Speight's Retrospective Only in 2013!6:00 PM
Post-Performance Q&A11:00 PM
Tech Talk - All New in 2013!10:00 AM
Meet the Artists4:30 PM
Wagner Sketches7:30 PM
Donor Closing Night Reception11:15 PM
Post-Performance Q&A11:30 PM
Das Rheingold Radio Preview7:00 PM
Laser Ring6:30 PM
Laser Ring8:30 PM
Die Walküre Radio Broadcast7:00 PM
BRAVO! Club Intermission Lounge: Die Walkure7:30 PM
BRAVO! Club Intermission Lounge: Siegfried6:00 PM
Siegfried Radio Broadcast7:00 PM
BRAVO! Club Intermission Lounge: Gotterdammerung6:00 PM
Götterdämmerung Radio Broadcast7:00 PM
The prelude to the Ring cycle begins with the swimming Rhinemaidens losing their precious gold to the Nibelung dwarf Alberich. The gods, led by Wotan, in need of treasure to pay off the giants who have built Valhalla, descend into the Nibelung caverns, capture Alberich, and force him to give up the ring. The resulting curse takes effect immediately as blood is shed in an argument over the ring. The opera ends with the gods crossing the rainbow bridge to Valhalla, accompanied by the forlorn calls of the Rhinemaidens and dire predictions about the gods' future.
Part 2 of the Ring cycle, featuring the unforgettable "Ride Of The Valkyries", is equal parts heady romance and high-stakes family drama. Deep in the forest, love blossoms between the dashing nomad Siegmund and the unhappily married Sieglinde. Believing that this union holds the key to lifting the ring's curse, Wotan instructs his Valkyrie daughter Brünnhilde to defend Siegmund in the ensuing duel. The adulterous pairing draws the ire of Fricka, goddess of marriage, who demands the interloper be killed. Wotan defers to Fricka, but Brünnhilde, moved by Siegmund's overwhelming love, defies the gods and protects him. The duel ends messily, Sieglinde is spirited away to bear a son, and Wotan and Brünnhilde have a fiery father/daughter showdown on a towering cliff.
Part 3 of the Ring cycle chronicles the heroic coming of age of the naïve yet fearless Siegfried, product of the Siegmund/Sieglinde union. Mime, brother to Alberich, has raised Siegfried ever since he lost his mother at birth, and plans to use the boy to liberate the Nibelung hoard, including the all-powerful ring. A mysterious Wanderer (Wotan in disguise) visits Mime and, after a game of riddles, hints that Siegfried is indeed destined for greatness but also will be Mime's doom. Swords are re-forged, dragons slain, treasures reclaimed, justice dispensed, a forest bird sings, and the power of the gods continues to dwindle as the hero's quest culminates in the discovery and rapturous rescue of Brünnhilde on her rocky ledge.
Part 4 of the Ring cycle begins with the three Norns reviewing the thread of destiny and recalling Alberich's curse on the ring. Still smitten, Siegfried gives the ring to Brünnhilde as a token of his love before embarking on further heroic quests. He is soon duped by King Gunther and his half-brother Hagen (son of Alberich) into forgetting his love for Brünnhilde and promising her to Gunther in exchange for his sister's hand in marriage. A shape-shifting Siegfried visits Brünnhilde, forcibly takes the ring, and brings her down from the ledge to a contentious wedding feast where accusations, miscommunications, and traitorous plotting ensue. Just as Hagen's murderous plan is carried out, Siegfried recalls his true love for Brünnnhilde, now fully aware of the truth also. she takes the ring from his finger, orders the construction of a grand funeral pyre, and walks into the flames to be reunited with him in death. The river overflows, the Rhinemaidens recover the ring, Valhalla burns and the kingdom of the gods is destroyed. Brünnhilde's sacrifice has cleansed the ring and restored the natural order. Tickets onsale now.
Join Seattle Opera’s BRAVO! Club for the Laser Ring, featuring Robert McClung narrating his playlist of Ring music enhanced by dramatic laser visuals projected onto a dome ceiling. Movie theater snacks are available for purchase.
Sunday, August 11, 2013
Pacific Science Center’s Laser Dome
200 2nd Ave N
(on Seattle Center campus in walking distance of McCaw Hall)
6:30 pm – All ages welcome. Children 18 and under are only $5!
8:30 pm – Ages 21+ only, beer and wine available to purchase.
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