Sit right back and you'll hear a
tale....and an extremely long one at that.
The world's longest opera is by Richard Wagner,
and no, it's not Die Meistersinger which only runs just over 5 hours.
Richard Wagmner's The Ring Cycle clocks in at a
patience taxing 14 1/2 hours and if you include intermissions it'll be 18 hours
before the fat lady sings.
The Ring Cycle took Richard Wagner 27 years, from the mid to late 1800s, to
compose. It consists of 4 parts: Das Rheingold, Die Walkure, Siegfried, and
Cycle is loosely based on a Norse legend of the Nibelungenlied from the 1200s.
It has many similarities to The Lord Of The Rings.
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