Author(s): Nancy Ellison
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 no other staging matches the spirit of romanticism of Schenk's vision, which is based on original notes 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 Walküre, Siegfried, and Götterdämmerung.