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Listen: The Ring and Love ROH Insights session


Roger Scruton, Peggy Reynolds and John Deathridge look into Wagner's masterpiece to ask if true love exists.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

26 October 2012 at 6.07pm | Comment on this article

Wagner’s exploration of love in The Ring Cycle was the subject of a recent ROH Insights session with philosopher Roger Scruton, broadcaster Peggy Reynolds and musicologist John Deathridge.

Christopher Cook chaired the discussion, which ranged from questions of whether love is the opposite of power to whether true love can ever be found.

"Love is never what it seems in The Ring. Even when it's at its noblest there are flaws", Christopher said. With the conversation turning to power dynamics between the characters, Peggy stated, "In some ways love is always about the surrender of power - you have to think of an other".

Listen to highlights from the event:

Wagner and the bigger picture: Love by Royal Opera House

Listen to previous ROH Insights events about the relationships between The Ring and Power, and The Ring and Nature.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

26 October 2012 at 6.07pm

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, Götterdämmerung, John Deathridge, listen, Love, Peggy Reynolds, Roger Scruton, ROH Insights, Siegfried, The Ring

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