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Tanglewood Learning Institute | New Doors

Henry Lee Higginson, founder of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, famously described his desire to have the BSO “open wide the doors” by making performances available to the broadest possible audience. On June 22, we’re opening them even wider with the debut of Tanglewood Learning Institute—an amalgam of events and interactions that will propel your experience of music into a new dimension.

In this inaugural summer, TLI invites you to explore new terrain and new takes on beloved works. From a subversive celebration of cabaret to a journey through the political landscape of Verdi’s Italy, our season spans dozens of thought-provoking and provocative programs: here are three.

Tanglewood Learning Institute | Wagner Weekend

Warning: This post contains major spoilers for the HBO series Game of Thrones.

Game of Thrones fans may be surprised (and delighted) to learn that their beloved fantasy series shares several thematic elements with Richard Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung). Palace intrigue, impassioned characters—and, yes, incest—factor into both epics; each tale offers a compelling study of power that sheds insight on today’s political climate. If you turned off your television (or closed your laptop) on May 19th with the sinking realization that GoT was indeed over, do not despair. The Tanglewood Learning Institute is coming to your rescue with our Wagner Weekend (July 26- 28), which includes events inspired by Wagner’s Die Walküre as well as a performance of the opera that will satisfy the most ravenous appetites for grand, mythic narratives.