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If you want to immerse yourself in the ultimate opera experience -- Richard Wagner's 4-episode, 17-hour epic Ring Cycle -- you have to plan for a pilgrimage, and you have to plan well in advance. 

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The Ring is a hot international ticket, wherever and whenever the production is mounted. It takes nearly a week to see it all, so that key singers can rest between episodes, and it is thus a perfect festival event for the months of summer. 

The San Francisco Opera, a highly respected company in a popular city for cultural travelers, topped off the second of its three cycles on Sunday.

Not to worry if you aren't going to be there for the third cycle this week. The very nature of a Ring Cycle -- if it's as good as this one -- is that it will be around for decades and serve various singers, conductors and even opera houses before it is done. The point is that the San Francisco Opera's new Ring Cycle -- conceived by the American director Francesca Zambello -- is worth plotting your future travel bucks for.

I have seen my share of big, even very big, productions of the Ring, including Parts 1 and 2 of an overpowering new cycle underway at the Metropolitan Opera, with its morphing, motor-driven set. One can become conditioned to expect that each new production will find ever bolder ways to emphasize the cycle's great sweep.
June 27, 2011 9:51 AM |


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