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The Morgan Library & Museum
The Morgan Library & Museum
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New York
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This exhibition will focus on the 1876 premiere of the Ring at Bayreuth and its 1889 premiere at New York’s Metropolitan Opera. Der Ring des Nibelungen is Richard Wagner’s masterpiece, and this exhibition unfurls the making and presentation of these epic music dramas of extraordinary scale. Documents and memorabilia from private collections, the Morgan's own archives, and the Met Opera will be on view, as well as never before exhibited sketch leaves from the Richard Wagner Museum in Bayreuth.

Additionally, the show will explore the genesis from Nordic sagas, King Ludwig II of Bavaria's patronage, plans and challenges in building the Festspielhaus.

(Picture: Brünnhilde costume design by Carl Emil Doepler for the 1876 Bayreuth production, from Der Ring des Nibelungen: Figurinen. Berlin: Berliner Kunstdruck- und Verlags-Anstalt, 1889. The Morgan Library & Museum, Photography by Graham S. Haber, 2015.)