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Wagner’s Ring of the Nibelung

Spring 2020
In Session
9 AM - 12 PM
Jan. 31, Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28, March 6, 20, 27, April 3, and 10, 2020


Main Campus



The Ring cycle is Wagner's triumphant realization of the ideal he called the “total art work,” combining music and drama with poetry, dance, painting, and even architecture. But it's not just formal spectacle. The plot extends from the beginning of creation to the apocalyptic end of the world and centers on Wotan's effort to secure the reign of the gods forever. Ultimately, he fails, and from this perspective, the Ring is tragic. But the heroic commitment of Wotan's daughter Brunhilde to her beloved Siegfried at the conclusion affirms the possibility of redemption. The political and personal implications of the mythic narrative are therefore manifold, receiving unrivaled musical development in Wagner's operatic presentation. Small wonder the Ring has been compared to The Divine Comedy, the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, and the B Minor Mass.

Registration Opens Online: Monday, November 25, 2019 at 8AM (AZ Time)

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Required Reading: 

  • Richard Wagner, The Ring of the Nibelung. Trans. Andrew Porter (Norton, 1976)

Recommended Reading: 

  • Richard Wagner, Der Ring des Niebelungen. DVD. Produced by Robert Lepage; directed by James Levine and Fabio Luisi. Metropolitan Opera. Deutsche Gramophon (2012)

Meet Your Professor

Professor Emeritus
Department of English

PETER E. MEDINE is Professor Emeritus at the University of Arizona, where he served in the English Department from 1969 to 2014. He has written, edited, or coedited seven books in Early Modern English studies. His most recent coedited book is Visionary Milton: Essays in Prophecy and Violence (2010). He is the recipient of several Humanities Seminars Superior Teaching Awards and the College of Humanities Award for Outreach Service.  


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