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Radio Preview - KING FM
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Radio Preview - KING FM
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Radio Preview - KING FM
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Radio Preview - KING FM
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Radio Preview - KING FM
7:00 PM

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Aspects of the Ring
7:30 PM

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Rheingold Coffee Hour
9:00 AM

Overtures to the Ring
5:30 PM

Das Rheingold
7:00 PM

Rheingold Revelry
9:30 PM

10

Overtures to the Ring
4:30 PM

Die Walküre
6:00 PM

Ring Post-Perfromance Q&A
10:30 PM

11

Ring Symposium I
10:00 AM

Das Barbecu
7:30 PM

12

Overtures to the Ring
4:30 PM

Siegfried
6:00 PM

Ring Post-Perfromance Q&A
10:45 PM

13

Laser Ring
6:30 PM

Das Barbecu
7:30 PM

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Overtures to the Ring
4:30 PM

Götterdämmerung
6:00 PM

Ring Post-Perfromance Q&A
11:15 PM

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Radio Broadcast - Rheingold
7:00 PM

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Rheingold Coffee Hour
9:00 AM

Overtures to the Ring
5:30 PM

Das Rheingold
7:00 PM

Rheingold Revelry
9:30 PM

18

Overtures to the Ring
4:30 PM

Die Walküre
6:00 PM

Ring Post-Perfromance Q&A
10:30 PM

19

Ring Symposium II
10:00 AM

Das Barbecu
7:30 PM

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Overtures to the Ring
4:30 PM

Siegfried
6:00 PM

Ring Post-Perfromance Q&A
10:45 PM

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Das Barbecu
8:00 PM

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Overtures to the Ring
4:30 PM

Götterdämmerung
6:00 PM

Radio Broadcast - Walküre
7:00 PM

Ring Post-Perfromance Q&A
11:15 PM

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Rheingold Coffee Hour
9:00 AM

Overtures to the Ring
5:30 PM

Das Rheingold
7:00 PM

Rheingold Revelry
9:30 PM

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Overtures to the Ring
4:30 PM

Die Walküre
6:00 PM

Ring Post-Perfromance Q&A
10:30 PM

27

Ring Symposium III
10:00 AM

Das Barbecu
7:30 PM

28

Overtures to the Ring
4:30 PM

Siegfried
6:00 PM

Ring Post-Perfromance Q&A
10:45 PM

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Radio Broadcast - Siegfried
7:00 PM

Das Barbecu
8:00 PM

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Overtures to the Ring
4:30 PM

Götterdämmerung
6:00 PM

Ring Post-Perfromance Q&A
11:15 PM

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7:00 PM
Aug 9 - Aug 25, 2009
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Das Rheingold

Richard Wagner

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.


6:00 PM
Aug 10 - Aug 26, 2009
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Die Walküre

Richard Wagner

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.


10:00 AM
Aug 11 - Aug 11, 2009
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Ring Symposium I

Seattle Opera Education Department

Interested in a deep exploration of the complexities of opera's greatest masterpiece? Seattle Opera convenes leading scholars and provocative thinkers to examine artistic, historical and philosophical perspectives on Richard Wagner and his crowning achievement. Each cycle investigates one line of inquiry from multiple perspectives. Past symposia have been sell-out events, so we highly encourage you to purchase your tickets early.

Symposium I: Why (and how) does Wagner's Ring evoke extreme devotion and aversion?
Speakers
* Lydia Goehr, Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University - "Aversion and Diversion: How Parody and Satire Have Influenced the Reception of the Ring Cycle."
* Roger Parker, Professor of Music at King's College London
* Lunchtime Q & A with Speight Jenkins and Stephen Wadsworth (lunch purchase required)^^
* Maestro Asher Fisch at the Piano
* Kenneth Reinhard, Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at UCLA - "Wagner and the Jews: How Do Contemporary Productions of Wagner's Operas Address the Question of Anti-Semitism in His Works?"

Date: 8/6/13, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
^^Lunch must be purchased in advance. Ordering information will be available in July and sent to you via email.
Location: Nesholm Family Lecture Hall


7:30 PM
Aug 11 - Aug 29, 2009
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Das Barbecu

A Contemporary Theater

Wagner’s majestic epic goes through the looking-glass and emerges in the wide open spaces of Texas with five actors playing more than 30 outrageous characters at breakneck speed in this irresistible musical comedy from Seattle composer Scott Warrender and lyricist Jim Luigs. Originally commissioned by Seattle Opera and produced by A Contemporary Theatre in Seattle in 1995 to great acclaim, this irreverent and giddy send-up returns to ACT’s new home in downtown Seattle with special performances exclusively for Seattle Opera Ring attendees. Location: ACT Theatre, Downtown Seattle. Tickets available through ACT Ticket Office at 206.292.7676 or online at www.acttheatre.org.


6:00 PM
Aug 12 - Aug 28, 2009
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Siegfried

Richard Wagner

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.


6:30 PM
Aug 13 - Aug 13, 2009
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Laser Ring

Pacific Science Center’s Laser Dome

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.


Laser Ring
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.


7:30 PM
Aug 11 - Aug 29, 2009
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Das Barbecu

A Contemporary Theater

Wagner’s majestic epic goes through the looking-glass and emerges in the wide open spaces of Texas with five actors playing more than 30 outrageous characters at breakneck speed in this irresistible musical comedy from Seattle composer Scott Warrender and lyricist Jim Luigs. Originally commissioned by Seattle Opera and produced by A Contemporary Theatre in Seattle in 1995 to great acclaim, this irreverent and giddy send-up returns to ACT’s new home in downtown Seattle with special performances exclusively for Seattle Opera Ring attendees. Location: ACT Theatre, Downtown Seattle. Tickets available through ACT Ticket Office at 206.292.7676 or online at www.acttheatre.org.


6:00 PM
Aug 14 - Aug 30, 2009
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Götterdämmerung

Richard Wagner

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.


7:00 PM
Aug 9 - Aug 25, 2009
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Das Rheingold

Richard Wagner

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.


6:00 PM
Aug 10 - Aug 26, 2009
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Die Walküre

Richard Wagner

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.


10:00 AM
Aug 19 - Aug 19, 2009
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Ring Symposium II

Seattle Opera Education Department

Interested in a deep exploration of the complexities of opera's greatest masterpiece? Seattle Opera convenes leading scholars and provocative thinkers to examine artistic, historical and philosophical perspectives on Richard Wagner and his crowning achievement. Each cycle investigates one line of inquiry from multiple perspectives. Past symposia have been sell-out events, so we highly encourage you to purchase your tickets early.

Symposium II: What aspects of Wagner's alchemy contribute to The Ring's infinite breadth and depth?
Speakers
* Michael Hackett, Chair, Department of Theatre at UCLA - "Understanding the Wagnerian Gesamtkunstwerk: the Integration of Music, Poetry, and Physical Action."
* Mark Berry, Lecturer in Music at Royal Holloway, University of London - "the beginning of the World and Its Destruction: Examining Wagner's Exploration of Power."
* Lunchtime Q & A with Speight Jenkins and Ring Artists (lunch purchase required)^^
* Maestro Asher Fisch at the Piano
* François Rochaix, Stage Director of Seattle Opera's second Ring and Parsifal - "Paradoxes and Contradictions: How Wagner's Personal Evolution Throughout the Composition of the Ring Stimulates a Director."

Date: 8/14/13, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
^^Lunch must be purchased in advance. Ordering information will be available in July and sent to you via email.
Location: Nesholm Family Lecture Hall


7:30 PM
Aug 11 - Aug 29, 2009
Explore
close

Das Barbecu

A Contemporary Theater

Wagner’s majestic epic goes through the looking-glass and emerges in the wide open spaces of Texas with five actors playing more than 30 outrageous characters at breakneck speed in this irresistible musical comedy from Seattle composer Scott Warrender and lyricist Jim Luigs. Originally commissioned by Seattle Opera and produced by A Contemporary Theatre in Seattle in 1995 to great acclaim, this irreverent and giddy send-up returns to ACT’s new home in downtown Seattle with special performances exclusively for Seattle Opera Ring attendees. Location: ACT Theatre, Downtown Seattle. Tickets available through ACT Ticket Office at 206.292.7676 or online at www.acttheatre.org.


6:00 PM
Aug 12 - Aug 28, 2009
Explore
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Siegfried

Richard Wagner

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.


8:00 PM
Aug 11 - Aug 29, 2009
Explore
close

Das Barbecu

A Contemporary Theater

Wagner’s majestic epic goes through the looking-glass and emerges in the wide open spaces of Texas with five actors playing more than 30 outrageous characters at breakneck speed in this irresistible musical comedy from Seattle composer Scott Warrender and lyricist Jim Luigs. Originally commissioned by Seattle Opera and produced by A Contemporary Theatre in Seattle in 1995 to great acclaim, this irreverent and giddy send-up returns to ACT’s new home in downtown Seattle with special performances exclusively for Seattle Opera Ring attendees. Location: ACT Theatre, Downtown Seattle. Tickets available through ACT Ticket Office at 206.292.7676 or online at www.acttheatre.org.


6:00 PM
Aug 14 - Aug 30, 2009
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Götterdämmerung

Richard Wagner

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.


7:00 PM
Aug 9 - Aug 25, 2009
Explore
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Das Rheingold

Richard Wagner

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.


6:00 PM
Aug 10 - Aug 26, 2009
Explore
close

Die Walküre

Richard Wagner

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.


10:00 AM
Aug 27 - Aug 27, 2009
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Ring Symposium III

Seattle Opera Education Department

Interested in a deep exploration of the complexities of opera's greatest masterpiece? Seattle Opera convenes leading scholars and provocative thinkers to examine artistic, historical and philosophical perspectives on Richard Wagner and his crowning achievement. Each cycle investigates one line of inquiry from multiple perspectives. Past symposia have been sell-out events, so we highly encourage you to purchase your tickets early.

Symposium III: How do the spatial and temporal dimensions of Wagner's Ring influence its performance, its legacy, and the audience's experience?
Speakers
* Pamela Rosenberg, Dean, The American Academy in Berlin - "Spatial and Temporal Parameters: Developments in Production."
* Arthur Groos, Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities at Cornell University - "IN the River Rhine?: The Cosmology of Rheingold."
* Lunchtime Q & A with Speight Jenkins and Ring Artists (lunch purchase required)^^
* Maestro Asher Fisch at the Piano
* Peter Kazaras, Director of Opera and Professor of Music at UCLA

Date: 8/22/13, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
^^Lunch must be purchased in advance. Ordering information will be included with your tickets in spring 2013.
Location: Nesholm Family Lecture Hall


7:30 PM
Aug 11 - Aug 29, 2009
Explore
close

Das Barbecu

A Contemporary Theater

Wagner’s majestic epic goes through the looking-glass and emerges in the wide open spaces of Texas with five actors playing more than 30 outrageous characters at breakneck speed in this irresistible musical comedy from Seattle composer Scott Warrender and lyricist Jim Luigs. Originally commissioned by Seattle Opera and produced by A Contemporary Theatre in Seattle in 1995 to great acclaim, this irreverent and giddy send-up returns to ACT’s new home in downtown Seattle with special performances exclusively for Seattle Opera Ring attendees. Location: ACT Theatre, Downtown Seattle. Tickets available through ACT Ticket Office at 206.292.7676 or online at www.acttheatre.org.


6:00 PM
Aug 12 - Aug 28, 2009
Explore
close

Siegfried

Richard Wagner

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.


8:00 PM
Aug 11 - Aug 29, 2009
Explore
close

Das Barbecu

A Contemporary Theater

Wagner’s majestic epic goes through the looking-glass and emerges in the wide open spaces of Texas with five actors playing more than 30 outrageous characters at breakneck speed in this irresistible musical comedy from Seattle composer Scott Warrender and lyricist Jim Luigs. Originally commissioned by Seattle Opera and produced by A Contemporary Theatre in Seattle in 1995 to great acclaim, this irreverent and giddy send-up returns to ACT’s new home in downtown Seattle with special performances exclusively for Seattle Opera Ring attendees. Location: ACT Theatre, Downtown Seattle. Tickets available through ACT Ticket Office at 206.292.7676 or online at www.acttheatre.org.


6:00 PM
Aug 14 - Aug 30, 2009
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Götterdämmerung

Richard Wagner

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.

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