Ring Festival LA launches website
The Ring Festival LA doesn't kick off until April, but the team behind the event, which is being touted as the city's largest cultural celebration since the 1984 Olympic Arts Festival, has unveiled its website.
The site features video and audio clips from L.A. Opera's production of the four operas that make up Richard Wagner's Ring Cycle, two of which debuted last year and two that will open this season before the full cycle is produced in May and June. The website also provides information about arts organizations that are planning to participate in the festival. The festival says it has 102 partners so far, including some media sponsors. (When the festival was first announced, the number of partners was about 50.)
Among the site's more interesting features is the ability to browse the cultural offerings of the festival by categories such as theater, visual arts and lectures.
There will be more than 50 Ring-related symposia held around the city during the festival, some of which will address the debate surrounding Wagner's anti-Semitism. One such symposum, titled "Visions and Voices: "Pride, Prejudice, Bigotry and Genius: Richard Wagner's World," will feature L.A. Opera music director James Conlon on April 20 at the USC Thornton School of Music.
The website also features a Ring Festival blog that highlights new partners, events and breaking news.
-- David Ng
Photo: A scene from L.A. Opera's production of "Die Walkure." Credit: Monika Rittershaus