Richard Wagner composed the music and libretto for the Ring of the Nibelung between 1848 and 1874, premiering the sixteen-hour cycle in 1876. In 2013, Houston Grand Opera announced that it would mount the Ring cycle over four years, beginning with Das Rheingold in spring 2014. The Catalan theater group La Fura dels Baus’s production has been called “One of the great Ring cycles – A Ring for the 21st century.” It combines Wagner’s classical vision with modern technology in a remarkable way and brought an extraordinary opera experience to Houston’s audiences with last year’s staging of Das Rheingold.
In April 2015, HGO will premier the second installment of the Ring, Die
Walküre (The Valkyrie), the tale of Norse god Wotan’s efforts to regain control
of the gold band and its power to rule the world. Here again Wagner’s opera
is married to modern staging and astonishing contemporary technology as it
retains its original magnificence.
As we did for Das Rheingold in 2014, we will discuss Wagner’s obsessive
personality, his influence on philosophers and thinkers from the late 19th century
onward, and Die Walküre. HGO’s new dramaturg will comment on
this huge undertaking and its implications for HGO and the HGO orchestra.
We will examine the origin of Wagner’s gargantuan work—one the greatest
undertakings by a single artist in Western history and HGO’s decision to
launch its commitment to the Ring with La Fura dels Baus. Those who sign up
for the whole course will then have the opportunity to see the opera itself at
the full dress rehearsal.
Fall 2018 brochures are out! Please let us know if you did not receive one and we will be happy to send one to you.
Registration is now open. You may register online, by mail, or by phone with a credit card.
The interest list for the fall and spring study tours is also now open. If you are interested in traveling with the Houston Seminar to Natchez in the fall of 2018 or Virginia in the spring of 2019, please call the registrar at 713.666.9000 to place your name on a list. Please see Terms and Conditions for "travel list" policy.
Please note a date in the Mid-term Elections course has changed from that published in the brochure. The course will meet the first two Mondays, October 29 and November 5 as planned, but will meet Tuesday, November 13 instead of Monday, November 12.
Also note Art Underground: Carlos Cruz-Diez at the Cistern is FULLY SUBSCRIBED. Please contact the registrar if you would like to be wait listed for this course.
Have a great summer. We look forward to seeing you this fall!
For additional information about any of our courses, to register offline, or to add your name to our mailing and/or email lists, please contact our adminstrator at registrar.houstonseminar.org or phone 713.666.9000.