There are currently no scheduled performances of Der Ring des Nibelungen.
Richard Wagner’s four-opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelungs) was both the consummation of German Romantic opera and the beginning of a whole new style of opera-music drama. It lasts over fifteen hours in its entirety and provides an unparalleled musical and dramatic experience.
The first two operas of the cycle, Das Rheingold and Die Walküre had first been performed some years earlier, in 1869 and 1870 respectively, at the request of Wagner's patron King Ludwig II of Bavaria – but Wagner was bitterly disappointed with the results. It was not until 13–17 August 1876, when Der Ring des Nibelungen was first performed as a cycle at the inaugural Bayreuth Festival, that Wagner's vision was realized.
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