Music Opera PodcastsMarch 15, 2018


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Even if you don’t know anything about opera, you’ve heard “Ride of the Valkyries” – it’s been bouncing around pop culture for generations, appearing in everything from Bugs Bunny cartoons to “Apocalypse Now.” This Sunday, March 18, at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Trilogy: An Opera Company will present Richard Wagner’s “The Valkyrie” – the second of four works that form Richard Wagner’s musical drama “Ring Cycle”  – which features the famous “Ride of the Valkyries” segment at the beginning of Act Three. We recently spoke with Trilogy’s Artistic Director Kevin Maynor about this opera and the meaning behind it. Maynor will also be performing the role of Hunding on Sunday – something he’s done many times in opera houses around the world throughout his remarkable career as an opera singer.

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Christopher Benincasa
Christopher Benincasa

Christopher Benincasa is an award-winning producer of arts and culture programming, and a founding member of PCK Media. He’s won six regional Emmy Awards (Mid-Atlantic and New York) for his work on the series State of the Arts, plus a CINE Golden Eagle Award. Most recently, he produced stories about Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Stephen Dunn, silversmith and MacArthur Genius Award-winner Ubaldo Vitali, and gypsy jazz guitarist Stephane Wremble. A graduate of the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, Christopher has a BFA in Visual Art and a minor in Religion.