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Ring Ideal

This season, the Met begins to roll out its new Robert Lepage production of Wagner's Ring, and San Francisco Opera presents its first traversal of the full cycle in years. PHILIP KENNICOTT ponders what the work has to say to us today.

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Technical photo of the Met's new production of Die Walküre, directed by Robert Lepage, which will have its premiere in April 2010
Set design by Carl Fillion/courtesy Metropolitan Opera Technical Department
Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen is so much with us it is hard to imagine a world in which it did not exist. But in retrospect, and given the harsh realities of contemporary cultural life, it seems fa...

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