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Wagner's epic 'Ring' will make premiere

RICHARD Wagner's epic opera "The Ring of the Nibelung" will debut tomorrow at Shanghai Grand Theater by courtesy of the Cologne Opera.

Wagner's "Ring" is a work on such a massive scale that it takes four nights to perform with the Cologne Opera's version totaling about 16 hours of stage time.

The cast and crew comprise 400 people. Wagner wrote the "Ring" over 26 years in the 19th century. It premiered in 1876 in four parts - "The Rhine Gold," "The Valkyrie," "Siegfried" and "The Twilight of the Gods." Each part can be staged separately.

The story is rooted in Teutonic and Norse mythology with gods, heroes and mythic creatures seeking control of the Ring, which permits domination over the entire world.

The Cologne Opera's version will be conducted by Markus Stenz, and directed by Canadian Robert Carsen.

Stenz is also the opera house's music director and the artistic director and chief conductor of Cologne Philharmonic.

Two complete cycles of "Ring" will be staged in Shanghai, the first from tomorrow through Sunday, and on September 21-24.

Date: September 16-19, 21-24

Address: 300 People's Ave

Tickets: 300-1,600 yuan

Tel: 6372-8702, 6232-8325


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