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Radio 3 broadcast information about Radio 3's 'Ring in a Day'


On Easter Monday Radio 3 devoted a whole day to a broadcast of Wagner's Ring cycle. The cycle, Der Ring des Nibelungen, comprises four operas: Das Rheingold (The Rhinegold), Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), Siegfried and Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods). A stellar cast included Anne Evans as Brünnhilde, Siegfried Jerusalem as Siegfried and John Tomlinson as Wotan. At the helm in this acclaimed Bayreuth recording was conductor Daniel Barenboim, who this year has been delivering the Reith Lectures.

The Reith Lectures site

    Daniel Barenboim
    Daniel Barenboim and 'The Ring'

    Hear Donald Macleod's extended interview with Daniel Barenboim covering every aspect of the conductor's involvement with Wagner's Ring.

      What is a Leitmotiv?

      Take the Radio 3 guide to Leitmotives and listen out for the principal ones from the Ring

        Die Walkure from Bayreuth
        Introduction to the Ring

        What's the Ring all about? Enhance your listening pleasure with our handy succinct guide.

          Rheingold from Bayreuth
          The Ring Plot Essentials

          Tales of Gods and gold, Rhinemaidens and Valkyries, find out where they all fit in with the Radio 3 guide to the plots of each opera

            Die Walkure from Bayreuth
            Synopsis Competition

            Read the synopses sent in by Radio 3 listeners including the winning entries. Hear a 5-minute synopsis from The Guardian's John Crace.

              Limerick & Aphorism Competition

              Read the limericks and/or aphorisms sent in by listeners including the winning entries.

                Review CD recordings of the Ring

                From Solti to Barenboim, listen to an excerpt from each Ring cycle and decide which you prefer.

                  Review DVD recordings of the Ring

                  Which one to buy, the traditional or the arcane? Let the experts inform your choice.

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