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Richard Wagner’s four-part Der Ring des Nibelungen is taking over The Metropolitan Opera starting this weekend, and it’s truly a sight to behold. Like an operatic Game of Thrones, Robert Lepage’s production brings giants, mermaids, dragons and gods to life, and the performances (not to mention the incredibly innovative set design) are nothing short of pure magic.

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We were fortunate enough to be invited to a dress rehearsal Wednesday morning, and were able to go behind the scenes to see the mind-boggling intricacy of how everything comes together. The crew works tirelessly to create a seamless production, and the system backstage is an incredibly well-oiled machine. Speaking of machines, a central player in the staging is “The Machine“, the official nickname for the 90,000-pound apparatus made up of 24 30-foot-long aluminum planks which rise, fall and spin. It essentially turns the stage into a living, breathing landscape, and amplifies the spellbinding atmosphere.
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The Met will produce three complete cycles of the four Ring operas, with Cycle I kicking off tomorrow, March 9. A complete schedule of performances can be found here. I’d highly encourage you to grab tickets!

In the meantime, check out our photos of all the action – from dressing room prep to flying mermaids, we caught it all in the magical maze within The Met.

all photosSophie Sahara
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