The Lyric Opera launches its performance of Richard Wagner's Ring cycle, the ambitious 15-hour epic that comprises four operas (one will be staged each year through 2019). The 2016/17 season opens with Das Rheingold, which introduces the Rhinemaidens, who guard magical gold that can be transformed into a powerful ring. When a dwarf named Alberich steals some of the gold, a conflict between gods and mortals is ignited. David Pountney directs this new production while Sir Andrew Davis conducts the sweeping score.
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