Inside the Celluloid Dream

The great composer Richard Wagner was said to believe in creating “total works of art.” He wrote operas so expansive the audience would feel…

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Strange Alchemy

Prepare yourself for a chocolate-meets-peanut butter moment. This event, Wagner Bowling, rolls together two things previously unassociated: bowling and opera. Yes, that's right. Bowling…

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What’s Opera, Doc?

Probably a lot of perfectly good culture gets avoided because people just don’t get it. Without a baseline understanding of the art in question,…

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This Is the Situation

Many people go through a Jerry Springer phase, usually running concurrent with a rough patch in their lives: losing a job, losing their shit,…

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Gesamtkunstwerk It, Girl

Nineteenth-century German composer Richard Wagner would have been mortified to hear himself compared to the enterprising queer party planners responsible for present-day San Francisco…

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Stage

Nibelungen Lite Der Ring Des Nibelungen, a San Francisco Opera summer festival. Music and libretto by Richard Wagner. Conducted by Donald Runnicles. Directed by…

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Ring Wrangling

Sex, war, and pointy helmets: a guide to the San Francisco Opera's Ring cycle, the only thing Bugs Bunny, Adolf Hitler, and Francis Ford…

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