It’s more than an opera. Wagner’s The Ring Cycle has gained cult status among opera aficionados and continues to be discovered and loved the world over.
The story is reminiscent of The Lord of the Ring series although Tolkien himself denies the resemblance. The crux of the action concerns a magic ring and subsequent attempts to gain mastery over its powers, spanning generations. Four separate operas comprise The Ring Cycle which Wagner intended to be performed in series, the epic scale of which has a total playing time of 15 hours.
What is the basis of its appeal? Is it Wagner’s use of leitmotifs? Is it the valkyrie Brünnhilde’s awe-inspiring 20 minute aria (the image typically associated with the colloquialism “It ain’t over ’til the fat lady sings”)?
Or you can experience it and find out for yourself.