Elizabeth Peyton at the Metropolitan Opera

March 3, 2011

As part of its ongoing production of Richard Wagner’s Ring cycle of operas, New York City’s Metropolitan Opera has invited alumnus Elizabeth Peyton (1987 Fine Arts) to exhibit a collection of paintings and drawings based on characters from Der Ring des Nibelungen. “Wagner” includes 30 works, many of which Peyton created specifically for the Met, and will be on view throughout the season in the Arnold and Marie Schwartz Gallery Met and in other locations throughout the opera house.

“There is a sound of human emotions that Wagner captures that is so heartbreaking,” said Peyton of the Wagner project. “It’s a challenge to embrace Wagner as a human being—not as hard to embrace him as an artist. To make a narrative so transcendent is a gigantic feat, and the music is so mindblowing.” For more information of Peyton’s work on the Ring series, visit The Met online.

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