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KUSC plans to broadcast entire L.A. Opera 'Ring' cycle

March 3, 2010 | 10:00 am


At more than 17 hours, including intermissions, Richard Wagner's "Ring" cycle represents a sizable chunk of air time. But KUSC-FM (91.5) is up for the challenge of broadcasting the entire operatic epic in May and June.

The classical music radio station plans to air Los Angeles Opera's production of the four-opera "Ring" cycle in installments beginning May 29 with "Das Rheingold." L.A. Opera said the broadcasts won't be live but pre-recorded as part of the series "LA Opera on Air."

The second opera in the cycle, "Die Walküre," will be broadcast on June 5, followed by "Siegfried" on June 12 and "Götterdämmerung" on June 19.

The "Ring" broadcasts begin at 10 a.m. The performances are conducted by James Conlon.

L.A. Opera will mount three complete cycles of the "Ring," directed by Achim Freyer, beginning May 29 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The cycles are the central events of the Ring Festival LA.

The company will present stand-alone performances of "Götterdämmerung" from April 3 to 25. It already presented its stand-alone productions of the first three operas last season and in the current season.

KUSC also plans to broadcast historic recordings of Wagner's "Ring" as part of the series "Sunday Night Opera." The broadcasts will take place throughout April.

-- David Ng

Photo: A scene from L.A. Opera's production of "Die Walküre." Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

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