The Ring and I: The Passion, The Myth, The Mania
The Ring and I was a story about the love affair between hundreds of thousands of people and one, colossal, controversial and awe-inspiring piece of work, Wagner's Ring of the Nibelung. "It has great sex, fantastic music, a great storm, a big eruptive fire at the end...Who needs soap operas? Who needs reality TV, when you have this?" says Food & Opera writer Fred Plotkin. On the eve of the Metropolitan Opera's presentation of Wagner's seventeen-hour opus, WNYC, New York Public Radio, presented The Ring and I: The Passion, The Myth, The Mania, an insightful, funny, and often surprising examination of the ways Wagner's Ring Cycle has inspired passion, impacted culture, and invited controversy over the last 125 years. Hosted by Jad Abumrad, The Ring and I asked what many of the uninitiated must wonder: "What's the big deal?". This journey, intended for both devoted fans and newcomers alike, visited with a diverse cast of characters who weighed in with their answers to this complex question, including interviews with film composer Howard Shore (Lord of the Rings), playwright Tony Kushner (Angels in America), Metropolitan Opera tech director Joe Clark, Jungian psychologist Laurie Layton Schapira, Seattle Opera director Speight Jenkins, rock guitarist Gary Lucas, and many more.