William O. Cord

William O. Cord is Professor Emeritus of Foreign Languages at Sonoma State University (California). A recipient of Mexico's gold medal for his service to Mexican literature, Dr. Cord now devotes his creative time to writing and lecturing on Richard Wagner and his music dramas.

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Today, more than a century after its first performance, Richard Wagner’s The Ring of Nibelung endures as one of the most significant artistic creations in the history of opera. This monumental work not only altered previously accepted concepts of music and drama but also inspired creative and intellectual efforts far beyond the field of opera. Previous studies of the Ring have appealed only to those already acquainted in some way with the Wagnerian art.

“Professor Cord’s 163 pages encompass just about everything one needs to know about the Ring outside of sitting down and listening to it…This handbook is definitely recommended for the new Ring-goer, who may find here even more material than is needed at first, and it is certainly recommended for the veteran.”

James Keolker, The Opera Quarterly