A beautifully produced volume celebrating Wagner's Ring in full-page color photographs, and complete with historical materials from the Metropolitan Opera's archives. In this unique volume, Nancy Ellison captures James Levine's and Otto Schenk's landmark production of The Ring of the Nibelung as it was performed in full for the last time at the Metropolitan Opera in 2009. Wagner's Ring is a supreme challenge for any opera company, and other staging matches the spirit of romanticism of Schenk's vision, which is based on original tes written by Wagner. Ellison presents the world's greatest operatic journey in a visual progression that leads readers through the complete narrative of each music drama: Das Rheingold, Die Walkure, Siegfried, and Gotterdammerung.
Nancy Ellison is the author of In Grand Style: The Glory of the Metropolitan Opera and In Classic Style: The Splendor of American Ballet Theatre. Eva Wagner-Pasquier is the great-granddaughter of Richard Wagner and is senior artistic advisor at the Metropolitan Opera. Peter Gelb is general manager of the Metropolitan Opera. Otto Schenk is a producer at the Metropolitan Opera. James Levine is the musical director at the Metropolitan Opera. Robert Tuggle is the director of archives at the Metropolitan Opera.