Benjamin's Ring: The Story of Richard Wagner's The Ring of

Benjamin's Ring: The Story of Richard Wagner's The Ring of the Nibelung for Young Readers Benjamin s Ring tells the enduring story of Richard Wagner s four opera cycle, The Ring of the Nibelung This is a timeless story of mystery, fantasy and myth as it is seen through Benjamin s eyes and written for today s young readers who enjoy action and adventure tales The characters in The Ring as the cycle is known include the heavenly world of Nordic Gods, an underworld of evil dwarfs, mortals, a magic sword, a supernatural ring that carries a death curse, mysterious fire, giants, dragons and the eternal battle between good and evil Utilizing many of Wagner s original stage directions and his libretto, Ben s mother narrates the story and answers Ben s questions She also explains why Wagner s music is world famous and how opera can be a total theatrical experience for people of any age Here s what opera stars Deborah Voigt and Michelle DeYoung wrote about Benjamin s Ring I found Benjamin s Ring to be an engaging and charming re telling of Wagner s Ring Cycle libretto Deborah Voigt, International Operatic Soprano Benjamin s Ring is a wonderful introduction into the world of Wagner s Ring cycle It is entertaining and informative I would recommend it for kids that enjoy fantastical stories, but also for anyone preparing to see the Ring for the first time The illustrations by Geoffrey Moss are beautiful, and the perfect accompaniment to the story Michelle DeYoung,Time Grammy Award Winning Classical and Operatic Mezzo SopranoROZ GOLDFARB, living on New York s upper west side, is an author educator photographer entrepreneur sculptor and opera lover Roz s mother, who studied to be an opera singer, took her to the Metropolitan Opera when she was nine years old to see Hansel and Gretel Roz has been going to the opera ever since By the time she was twelve her favorite opera was Aida , the story of an Egyptian princess As a young adult, with little money to spend, she would buy standing room tickets, which meant standing through long operas in the back of the orchestra Today she is thrilled to have a ticket for a good seat at the opera as well as going to the wonderful HD broadcasts in movie theaters Roz has attended many Ring Cycles, including those in New York, San Francisco, Chicago and Seattle and heard other operas by Wagner in Bayreuth Holding an MFA in sculpture from Pratt Institute where she developed educational programs and was the Director of the Pratt Associate Degree Programs, she has lectured at colleges throughout the United States and many professional organizations, wrote Careers by Design A Business Guide for Graphic Designers Allworth Press, rd editionand Windsor Books, Londonand numerous articles Inshe founded Roz Goldfarb Associates, a recruitment firm specializing in design and branding, affecting the lives of a generation of designers GEOFFREY MOSS is a New York painter political satirist children s book author conceptual illustrator set designer photographer teacher The nationally syndicated creator of MOSSPRINTS, an artist s take on politics , his captionless graphic column, has earned Moss three Pulitzer Prize nominations, two from The Washington Post for Watergate, and one from Creators Syndicate and the Newseum for His work is represented through galleries, museums and corporate collections He holds degrees from The University of Vermont BA Distinguished Alumnus and Yale School of Art and Architecture BFA MFA

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