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Originally published Monday, May 20, 2013 at 5:02 AM

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Seattle Opera stages Wagner singalong on May 22

Seattle Opera invites the public to celebrate composer Richard Wagner’s birthday (and get ready for the “Ring” cycle) with a singalong, a costume contest, cake and other fun on May 22, 2013.

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Wagner Bicentennial Celebration

Singalong, “Hojotoho” competition, costume contest, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Seattle Center Armory; free (www.seattleopera/singalong)

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We can’t all be Deborah Voigt or Birgit Nilsson, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t belt out a few notes from Wagner’s epic “Der Ring des Nibelungen” now and then.

Seattle Opera invites the community to unleash the diva within at a free, all-levels-welcome singalong in celebration of Wagner’s 200th birthday and the August performances of the “Ring” cycle.

Seattle Opera chorusmaster Beth Kirchhoff will lead participants in selections such as the Wedding March from “Lohengrin,” Entrance of the Guests from “Tannhäuser” and ­— because it’s Verdi’s bicentennial, too — the “Libiamo” from “La Traviata.” Also planned: a costume contest (come as your favorite “Ring” character); a competition to see who has the best rendition of Brünnhilde’s “Hojotoho” war cry; and since it’s a birthday celebration, cake.

Registration is 6-7 p.m., festivities are 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Seattle Center. Want to prepare? Register in advance at to find a link to the music.

Wednesday is also the day that single tickets go on sale for the “Ring,” starting at 9:30 a.m. Ticket prices start at $25; see website or call 206-389-7676 for details. Performances of the four-opera cycle begin Aug. 4.

Melissa Davis, NWArts&Life editor

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