Just some other notes:
Doing some more reading and searching on the net, there were actually 4 operas that formed part of that performance - called Wagner's Ring Cycle.
Wagner's Ring Cycle Operas
"Richard Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen"
"Wagner’s own retelling of stories from ancient German and Icelandic mythology"
"four separate but intimately related operas"
Looking at the schedules and the comments from viewers on the PBS WNET Great Performances website [ http://www.pbs.org/wnet/gperf/
] it looks like all four of them were broadcast during the week of Sept 10 - 14, 2012 - on some PBS stations (evenings ? 9 PM EST ? ).
I think WPBS out of Watertown NY had them on.
That's alot of Opera to show all in one week ! - week night evening, prime time !
Anyway, reading the web site, and reading viewer comments on various PBS websites - they say that it is up to the particular station, the particular PBS affiliate station, when
they play the various Operas from the PBS program: Great Performances at the Met.
And, of course, it is up to the MET, who has the rights, which Operas they may allow PBS to broadcast.
Many viewers are asking and commenting / and PBS responding, something like ...
Viewers: " It is very difficult to know in advance when PBS will play the MET Operas "
PBS responds: " It's up to the local PBS station, check your local schedules."
Viewers: " It does not show up on the local schedules very far in advance sometimes ... so it is hard to find out sometimes, far enough in advance to plan and watch them. Also, we would like to try and use your "send me an email reminder" function on the PBS website ... for GP at the MET program, and can't seem to get that to happen."
PBS responds: " Sorry, we apologize, again it is up to the local PBS station, Operas are long, and sometimes hard to fit them into their schedule. Plus they may not know themselves very far in advance when they will have the permission to broadcast them, re: The MET gives PBS the rights to show them."
Then PBS suggests:
" There is also a facebook group / site called : Great Performances at the Met. LIKE it on facebook - and you may also get more updates that way. "
And yes ... I did notice the same thing. Hard to know in advance when these Operas will play on PBS.
Seems you have to just keep checking the online PBS web schedules often / religiously. Dates and times seem to vary alot.
Replays also happen too, at odd hours.
I did the LIKE on the facebook group - as PBS suggested - and let's see what happens. Maybe I will get some automated updates or messages that way, through facebook and through my email - as facebook does generally.
P.S. - That's just MET Opera broadcast on T.V
There's other ways to see them / or see or hear other Opera as well.
In the MOVIE THEATRE !
Should mention also - you can go see them in the movie theatre too, during the season, at certain participating movie theatre locations - check your local movie theatre schedules.
On Disc ? DVD or Blue Ray ?
You may be able to purchase some of the previous performances from the MET itself, on DVD or Blue Ray. Check the MET website.
*LIVE* in NY ?
Or various other cities? - you should be so lucky.
On FM radio ?
Program: "Saturday Afternoon at the Opera" - plays various Operas, sometimes nice to just listen, easily available locally usually. Public Broadcast Radio from the U.S. / or CBC Radio 2 Canada / or Espace Musique = the French/Quebec deuxieme chaine = CBC 2 in French - Oui oui - tres bonne / tres bien ...