Wagner's bombastic Ring Cycle has always been ripe for parody. Bugs Bunny borrowed from it for his crowning achievement, What's Opera, Doc?
, and the work's most famous sequence, "The Ride of the Valkyries," plays during Apocalypse Now
's sardonic helicopter scene. And now Lyric Opera Cleveland stages Das Barbecü
. Set in Texas, five vocalists breathlessly tackle more than 30 of the Ring's characters and set pieces, updated to include a synchronized swimming event and a double shotgun wedding.
Sun., July 16, 2 p.m.