This unique film takes us deep into the artistic and musical challenges of staging Wagner’s epic Ring cycle, as a spectacular and groundbreaking new production is created for The Metropolitan Opera, New York.
The stakes could not be higher as one of the theater's finest stage directors teams up with one of the world's leading opera companies to tackle opera's most monumental challenge. Robert Lepage’s visionary production – the most ambitious in the history of The Met - features a colossal set weighing 90,000-pounds (“The Machine”), designed to meet Wagner’s extraordinary theatrical demands.
An outstanding cast of opera stars including Bryn Terfel and Deborah Voigt are joined by newcomer Jay Hunter Morris, who dramatically steps into the hugely demanding role of the hero Siegfried just days before the production’s world premiere.
An intimate look at the challenges of live opera and the risks that must be taken, the film chronicles the creativity and unflagging determination behind this daring attempt to realize Wagner’s dream of a perfect Ring.