One a.m. in the morning on TV. Wagner’s Ring Cycle is on PBS all this week and part two just finished and there is more to come next couple of nights. If your not familiar let me just give you some info. You’ve heard the cartoon tune “kill the rabbit, kill the rabbit”, that is from this Opera. Everyone is aware of the armor girted blond with pigtails wearing a helmet with horns, that’s from this Opera. She is Brünnhilde and for four hours plus, her voice has to rise above a full orchestra conducted by James Levine. She has to be bigger than life. Shades of the Arthurian tales, the sword no one but the right person can retrieve. Wagner’s The Ring of the Nieblungen has it all. It was at the Lake Worth Playhouse that I saw this version performed, via a live streaming performances from the Metropolitan Opera in N.Y. I actually drove up here from Coconut Grove to to see it when this version was first performed several years ago. Still to come tonight and Friday will be “Siegried’s Funeral March” and the longest single aria in Operatic history.
Relax, get a comfortable chair or lay in bed and tune in. Wagner actually oversaw the building of Bayreuth Theatre for this production. They use no airconditioning as the sound might interfere, seats have no armrests. Want to see it there, call right now and maybe in 5 years there will be tickets available. If you go have a tuxedo they stand on formality. For you at home jammies are in order, as you might fall asleep, the total length of Wagner’s ring cycle comes to approx. 19 hours. You will wake up for “Hoya-toho Hoya-toho” .