Ring Symposium I
Come and hear from a variety of leading Wagner scholars and authors as they explore the complexities of The Ring. Past symposia have been sell-out events, so we highly encourage you to book your tickets early
Speakers for August 11 include:
10:00 a.m. — Martin Bernheimer: A Critic Circles the "Ring"
Pulitzer Prize-winning music critic Martin Bernheimer analyzes key moments in Wagner's masterpiece, comparing and contrasting some great—and perhaps not so great—performances via recordings. Audience participation encouraged.
Martin Bernheimer is a Pulitzer Prize winner and New York correspondent for the Financial Times and Opera magazine.
11:00 a.m. — Agustín Blanco-Bazán: The Ring around Brünnhilde
Before her immolation, Brünnhilde declares, “I know everything.” Singers and stage directors often cite her progress toward knowledge and love as a development of self reliance and womanhood appealing to all ages and times. This lecture will explore these views and address the challenge of updating Wagner myths to the world of today.
Agustín Blanco-Bazán is the deputy director of the International Maritime Organization and music correspondent at Bayreuth Festival.
12:00 p.m. — Lunch Break
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. — Clare Burovac will interview Ring artists Stephanie Blythe (Fricka, Second Norn, and Waltraute in Götterdämmerung) and director Stephen Wadsworth about their involvement with Seattle Opera’s production.
Fisher Pavillion, Seattle Center Campus
Admission: $70 per symposium (including refreshments).
This event is open to the public.