Presented by Virginia Opera & Ohef Sholom Temple
Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle is the most monumental operatic experience ever created. Comprised of four epic operas, the Ring Cycle tells the story of Norse gods, heroes, and a magical ring of power. Singe its premiere in 1876, the Ring has wielded tremendous influence over Western culture and has changed the way we listen. And yet, rightful criticism of Wagner’s personal anti-Semitism has escalated since the horrors of WWII.
Today, we are faced with a central question: Can we separate the man from his myths?
Join us for an engaging panel discussion co-presented by Ohef Sholom Temple and Virginia Opera to confront the life and works of Richard Wagner and ask questions relevant to today’s culture: How do we separate a creator from his work? How does the context of creation change the performance we see? Why perform these pieces at all?
Whether you are preparing for a performance of The Valkyrie presented by Virginia Opera or simply interested in learning more, this discussion is sure to help you grapple with Wagner’s Ring and think about the wider world around you.