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EXCLUSIVE Tribeca Trailer: Doc 'Wagner's Dream' Showcases Challenging New Production of 'Ring' Cycle

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood March 30, 2012 at 3:35PM

Susan Froemke's "Wagner's Dream" follows the Metropolitan Opera's unprecedented, four-year challenge of a lavish new production of Richard Wagner's four-part Ring Cycle. The classical music doc will have its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 25.
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'Wagner's Dream'
'Wagner's Dream'

Susan Froemke's "Wagner's Dream" follows the Metropolitan Opera's unprecedented four-year challenge: mounting a lavish new production of Richard Wagner's four-part "Ring Cycle." The classical music doc will have its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 25 (with a Q & A with filmmakers and opera stars Deborah Voigt and Jay Hunter Morris to follow) and opens in HD theaters worldwide on May 7 as part of a one-day event.

Wagner's four German operas "The Ring Cycle" (also known as "Der Ring des Nibelungen") have been intriguing and inspiring filmmakers for years. Terence Malick's "The New World" and Werner Herzog's "Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht" both incorporate segments of the opera to hypnotic effect.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.