Richard Wagner began writing the libretto for his four-opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen in 1848, drawing from stories in German and Scandanavian mythology. The libretto and music of all four operas were finally completed nine years later. While writing this cycle, Wagner commissioned the creation of new instruments for the orchestra, including the Wagner tuba, bass trumpet and contrabass trombone. In addition to special instuments, a special opera house was created, the Bayreuth Festspielhaus, for the work's premiere in 1872. Now almost 150 years later, director Michael Borowitz presents a two-hour reduction of Wagner’s The Ring, sung in German. 7:30 pm at the Manship Theatre. operalouisiane.com.