Washington National Opera's first complete Ring Cycle in its history is a major event in Washington this month, and it's a production of such major proportions that it can seem daunting if you are new to the Ring phenomenon. Jim Holman, chairman of the Wagner Society of Washington DC, and author of Wagner's Ring, A Listener's Companion & Concordance, reduced the intimidation factor significantly, guiding Classical WETA's Marilyn Cooley through the story and background of this major work of Western art.
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