Separating Man from Myth: Grappling with Wagner’s Ring

by | Sep 8, 2022 | What’s Happening

Tuesday, Sept. 13, 7–8 pm

Ohef Sholom Temple, Free


Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle is the most monumental operatic experience ever created. Comprised of four epic operas, the Ring Cycle tells the story of Norse gods, heroes, and a magical ring of power. Since its premiere in 1876, the Ring has wielded tremendous influence over Western culture and has changed the way audiences listen.

And yet, rightful criticism of Wagner’s personal antisemitism has escalated since the horrors of WWII. Today, the central question around Wagner is: Can the man be separated from his myths?

An engaging panel discussion presented by Ohef Sholom Temple and Virginia Opera will confront the life and works of Richard Wagner and discuss questions relevant to today’s culture. How is it possible to separate a creator from his work? How does the context of creation change the performance? Why perform these pieces at all?

Rabbi Rosalin Mandelberg, Dr. David Metzger, Adam Turner, and Joachim Schamberger wlll lead the discussion. Cast members of Valkyrie will also perform.

Whether preparing for a performance of The Valkyrie presented by Virginia Opera or simply interested in learning more, this discussion is sure to help attendees grapple with Wagner’s Ring and think about the wider world.

For information, contact Virginia Opera at 757-627-9545 or or Ohef Sholom Temple at 757-625-4295.

Joshua Broths