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Wagner's bombastic Ring Cycle has always been ripe for parody. Bugs Bunny borrowed from it for his crowning achievement, What's Opera, Doc? , and the work's most famous sequence, "The Ride of the Valkyries," plays during Apocalypse Now's sardonic helicopter scene. And now Lyric Opera Cleveland stages Das Barbecü. Set in Texas, five vocalists breathlessly tackle more than 30 of the Ring's characters and set pieces, updated to include a synchronized swimming event and a double shotgun wedding.
Sun., July 16, 2 p.m.

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