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Performance of Die Walkuere at the LA Opera

Ring Festival, April-June 2010
The J. Paul Getty Museum presents special events in partnership with LA Opera as part of Ring Festival LA.

Festival events will take place at a wide variety of venues throughout Southern California from April 15 to June 30, 2010. For a schedule of related events at all venues, visit the festival Web site at

Marquis Seminar

James Conlon

Wagner's Mythology: Roots and Inspiration
The Getty Villa

Date: Saturday, June 19, 2010
Time: 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Location: Getty Villa, Auditorium
Admission: $95; $75 students. A ticket is required.

Richard Wagner culled from many sources—including ancient Greek drama—to create his masterwork Der Ring des Nibelungen (known as the "Ring Cycle"), four operas based on German and Scandinavian folklore. This Marquis Seminar features three talks exploring the sources that compelled Wagner to create his magnum opus.

The seminar at the Getty Villa features a day of lectures with a special presentation by LA Opera maestro James Conlon, tours of the Museum's antiquities collection, and a musical performance. A ticket is required; open to 200 participants.

Seminar Schedule

Coffee and Registration
9:00–9:30 a.m.

9:30–9:40 a.m.
Barry Sanders, Ring Festival LA leader and LA Opera board member
Rainer Mack, manager of education, the J. Paul Getty Museum

Morning Sessions:
"Introduction: Romantic Roots"
9:40–10:00 a.m.
Peter Tokofsky, specialist in German folklore and education specialist, the J. Paul Getty Museum

"Aeschylus and Wagner"
10:00–10:45 a.m.
Mary Louise Hart, associate curator of antiquities, the J. Paul Getty Museum

10:45–11:00 a.m.

"Im Legendenton: On Wagner's Sonic Mythography"
11:00–11:45 a.m.
Mitchell Morris, professor of musicology, University of California, Los Angeles

Question-and-Answer Session
11:45 a.m.–noon

Lunch and Tours:
Group I
Noon–12:45 p.m.—Tours of galleries
12:45–1:30 p.m.—Lunch

Group II
Noon–12:45 p.m.—Lunch
12:45–1:30 p.m.—Tours of galleries

Afternoon Sessions:
Conversation with James Conlon, Richard Seaver Music Director of LA Opera
1:30–2:15 p.m.

"Music That Inspired Wagner's Mythology"
2:30–3:45 p.m.
Introduction by Stacy C. Brightman, director of education and community programs, LA Opera; with performances by Erika Wueschner (soprano), Robert MacNeil (tenor), and Catherine Miller (piano)

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Special Tours

Antiquity and Wagner's Ring Cycle
The Getty Villa

Date: Wednesday, May 19, 2010, and Sunday, May 23, 2010
Time: 2:30–4:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Villa, Museum galleries
Admission: Free; a ticket is required.

Since its original production in 1869, Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen has attracted scholarly and popular debate. In this 90-minute guided discussion, explore the connections between his four epic operas, classical mythology, and ancient theater through works of art in the Museum's collection. Open to 25 participants. A ticket is required; meet at the Tour Meeting Place.

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Gallery Course

Mythology: Classic and Contemporary
The Getty Center

Date: Saturday, May 1, 2010
Time: 10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Location: Getty Center, Research Institute Lecture Hall and Museum galleries
Admission: $20; a ticket is required.

Enjoy art from the Renaissance to the fin de siècle with educators William Zaluski and Anna Sapenuk in this adult gallery course at the Getty Center. In lecture and gallery discussions, examine and interpret painting, sculpture, and decorative art while considering the lasting influence of mythology on works of art from the 16th through the 19th centuries. A ticket is required; open to 40 participants.

How to Get Here
The Getty Center is located at 1200 Getty Center Drive in Los Angeles, California, approximately 12 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. See Hours, Directions, Parking for maps and driving directions.

The Getty Villa is located at 17985 Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, California, approximately 25 miles west of downtown Los Angeles. See Hours, Directions, Parking for directions and parking information.