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Only The Strong Survive: Wagner's Ring Cycle Begins Tonight!

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Nobody took opera more seriously than Wagner, and no dork culture is more dedicated than hard-core Wagner fans. This is due largely to his famous Ring Cycle, a series of four operas seen as the most ambitious work any set of performers can execute. In the nerdiest of music circles, this series is shown back-to-back as a cult marathon phenomenon, one which only the most dedicated Wagner fan can stomach. The Met is screening the series in a more palatable installment fashion, where each opera, beginning tonight with

Das Rheingold

(The Rhine Gold), screens separately at select theaters throughout the country. Since nobody explains the Ring Cycle better than Anna Russell, we'll let her break it down for you.

Here's the schedule for when and where to watch the production:

Tonight, May 9, at 6:30 at Cinemark 17 -- Das Rheingold Monday, May 14, at 6:30 p.m. at Cinemark 17 -- Die Walküre (The Valkyrie) Wednesday, May 16, at 6:30 p.m. at Cinemark 17 -- Siegfried Saturday, May 19, at noon at Cinemark 17 -- Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods)

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