Pappano’s Essential Ring Cycle

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Antonio Pappano on Wagner’s monumental Ring cycle

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TV & Radio Information
BBC Four
Friday, May 17, 2013 - 19:30

 

Antonio PappanoIt is 200 years since the birth of Richard Wagner and in honour of this Antonio Pappano, music director at the Royal Opera House, presents his own guide to the vast Ring cycle.

The series of four operas lasts 19 hours in its entirety and the piece unquestionably changed the face of opera – and music – forever.

Through interviews with performers, including bass-baritone Bryn Terfel, soprano Susan Bullock and bass Sir John Tomlinson, and exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of Royal Opera House rehearsals, Pappano shows us the story of Wagner’s Ring as told by the performers.

The film also includes extracts of the Royal Opera House production itself.