Here’s the thing: I’ve never gotten into Wagner, let alone opera. I think it’s unbearable. The music I like, but I hate the singing and wailing, it drives me nuts. And don’t say I haven’t tried. I went to see Siegfried in Germany once and the only part I enjoyed was the scene where Mime makes Siegfried’s sword. The story, however, is fascinating and I really dig the whole Leitmotif thing.
But man, I can’t bear to listen to it. I bring this up because I listened to a great RadioLab episode recently called “The Ring and I” (stream link), which is definitely worth listening to if you have 1 hour or so to spare.