Friends of Freiburg returns (virtually) to the opera this year! We’ll begin this year with the first installment in Richard Wagner’s famous Ring cycle. Friends of Freiburg board member, Sarah Stephens, will offer an introduction over Zoom to our alumni and friends. Afterwards, participants can view the Met Opera’s stream of Das Rheingold at their own leisure. If you’ve been curious to learn more about Richard Wagner and his music, now’s your chance. Wagner is Sarah’s expertise and she is delighted to give you a closer look at what made his music so revolutionary, and continues to make it compelling and relevant to this day.
Monday, February 8
Wagner’s Das Rheingold
Robert Lepage’s landmark staging of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen, unveiled over the course of the 2010–11 and 2011–12 seasons, was the first new Met production of the complete cycle in more than 20 years. Combining state-of-the-art technology with traditional storytelling, it brings Wagner’s vision into the 21st century. In this first part of the epic, the theft of the Rhinegold treasure sets in motion the course of events that will change the world and end the rule of the gods. Met Music Director James Levine conducts a cast of some of the greatest Wagnerian singers of our time, including Bryn Terfel as Wotan, Stephanie Blythe as Fricka, and Eric Owens as Alberich.
5:30-7.00pm EST – Sarah’s opera introduction
7.30pm EST – Metropolitan Opera Nightly Stream: Das Rheingold is available
Please join us with a bowl of popcorn or a glass of wine for Sarah’s opera introduction with our Friends of Freiburg that will enhance your understanding and enjoyment of the opera and conclude with the nightly streamed HD performance from the Metropolitan Opera.
Click here to register for the opera talk – advanced registration required
Please note that this event will be held as a Zoom meeting, so audience members can engage and ask questions if desired — but it is not required to turn your camera on.
Afterwards, the Met’s stream of Das Rheingold can be accessed by clicking here. Please note that the Met Opera charges a small fee for viewing the stream.