MILAN -- Daniel Barenboim is conducting the first week-long presentation of Wagner's Ring cycle at La Scala since 1938.

`'Der Ring des Nibelungen," which begins with `'Das Rheingold" on Monday, is part of the opera house's yearlong celebration of the bicentennial of the births of composers Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner.

The operas feature Rene Pape, Michael Volle, Simon O'Neill, Waltraud Meier, Ian Storey, Marina Poplavskaya and Ekaterina Gubanova .

The cycle is a co-production of La Scala and the Berlin Staatsoper production with staging by Guy Cassiers. It was performed in its entirety in Berlin this spring, and will be reprised next week in Milan.

The last time the Ring was performed in a single week at La Scala was 1938 with conductor Clemens Krauss with the Munich State Opera.

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  • This March 30, 2012 photo provided by the Metropolitan Opera shows a scene from Wagner's, "Das Rheingold," during a dress rehearsal at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. On May 12 the Met concludes the last of three complete presentations of Robert Lepage's production of the four-opera Ring Cycle, which includes Das Rheingold; Die Walkure; Siegfried and Gotterdämmerung. (AP Photo/The Metropolitan Opera, Ken Howard)

  • This April 9, 2012 photo provided by the Metropolitan Opera shows Stephanie Blythe as Fricka and Bryn Terfel as Wotan in a scene from Wagner's, "Die Walkure," during a dress rehearsal at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. On May 12 the Met concludes the last of three complete presentations of Robert Lepage's production of the four-opera Ring Cycle, which includes Das Rheingold; Die Walkure; Siegfried and Gotterdammerung. (AP Photo/The Metropolitan Opera, Ken Howard)

  • This April 19, 2012 photo provided by the Metropolitan Opera shows Katarina Dalayman as Brunnhilde in Wagner's "Gotterdammerung," during a dress rehearsal at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. On May 12 the Met concludes the last of three complete presentations of Robert Lepage's production of the four-opera Ring Cycle, which includes Das Rheingold; Die Walkure; Siegfried and Gotterdammerung. (AP Photo/The Metropolitan Opera, Ken Howard)

  • This October 21, 2011 photo provided by the Metropolitan Opera shows Jay Hunter Morris as the title character in Wagner's "Siegfried," during a dress rehearsal at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. On May 12 the Met concludes the last of three complete presentations of Robert Lepage's production of the four-opera Ring Cycle, which includes Das Rheingold; Die Walkure; Siegfried and Gotterdammerung. (AP Photo/The Metropolitan Opera, Ken Howard)

  • This October 20, 2011 photo provided by the Metropolitan Opera shows Gerhard Siegel as Mime, left, and Jay Hunter Morris as the title character in Wagner's "Siegfried," during a dress rehearsal at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. On May 12 the Met concludes the last of three complete presentations of Robert Lepage's production of the four-opera Ring Cycle, which includes Das Rheingold; Die Walkure; Siegfried and Gotterdammerung. (AP Photo/The Metropolitan Opera, Ken Howard)

  • This October 21, 2011 photo provided by the Metropolitan Opera shows Eric Owens, left, as Alberich and Bryn Terfel as the Wandererr in Wagner's "Siegfried," during a dress rehearsal at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. On May 12 the Met concludes the last of three complete presentations of Robert Lepage's production of the four-opera Ring Cycle, which includes Das Rheingold; Die Walkure; Siegfried and Gotterdammerung. (AP Photo/The Metropolitan Opera, Ken Howard)

  • This April 28, 2012 photo provided by the Metropolitan Opera shows Bryn Terfel as Wotan and Katarina Dalayman as Brunnhilde in a performance of Wagner’s “Die Walkure.” On May 12 the Met concludes the last of three complete presentations of Robert Lepage's production of the four-opera Ring Cycle, which includes Das Rheingold; Die Walkure; Siegfried and Gotterdammerung. (AP Photo/The Metropolitan Opera, Ken Howard)

  • This Jan. 19, 2012 photo provided by the Metropolitan Opera shows, the Rhinemaidens, from left, Tamara Mumford as Flosshilde, Jennifer Johnson Cano as Wellgunde, and Erin Morley as Woglinde in Wagner's, "Gotterdammerung" during a dress rehearsal at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. On May 12 the Met concludes the last of three complete presentations of Robert Lepage's production of the four-opera Ring Cycle, which includes Das Rheingold; Die Walkure; Siegfried and Gotterdammerung. (AP Photo/The Metropolitan Opera, Ken Howard)

  • This April 28, 2012 photo provided by the Metropolitan Opera shows Frank Van Aken as Siegmund and Eva-Maria Westbroek as Sieglinde during their performance in Wagner's "Die Walkure," at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. On May 12 the Met concludes the last of three complete presentations of Robert Lepage's production of the four-opera Ring Cycle, which includes Das Rheingold; Die Walkure; Siegfried and Gotterdammerung. (AP Photo/The Metropolitan Opera, Ken Howard)

  • FILE - In this file photo of Sept. 2010 photo provided by the Metropolitan Opera, director Robert Lepage, left, and tenor Bryn Terfel rehearse Lepage's new production of Wagner's "Das Rheingold" at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. It was the first time the Met had used Lepage's set for Wagner's "Ring" cycle, which employs a 45-ton contraption made up of 24 gigantic planks that move independently on a central axis."People say we've put way too much emphasis on the set, but it's not true," Lepage said in an interview last week. "From the moment we walk into the rehearsal room, the set is not there. We devote weeks to discussing the roles, discussing the idea behind the scenes, digging into the subtext."(AP Photo/Metropolitan Opera, Ken Howard, File)

  • In this Jan. 17, 2012 photo, music director Robert Lepage speaks during a break in rehearsal of Wagner's "Ring" at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. “Ring” is the most expensive production ever seen on the Met stage, costing more than $16 million. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

  • FILE - This Sept. 14, 2010 photo provided by the Metropolitan Opera shows Bryn Terfel as Wotan and Stephanie Blythe as Fricka in a scene from Wagner's "Das Rheingold" during a dress rehearsed at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The set was created by director Robert Lepage and is unlike any ever seen on an opera stage. “Das Rheingold," was the first of the four operas in the"Ring" cycle at the Met to use the Lepage set. (AP Photo/Metropolitan Opera, Ken Howard, File)

  • This DVD cover image released by Deutsche Grammophon, U.S. shows the Met Opera “Ring” DVD box set. (AP Photo/Deutsche Grammophon)

  • This March 28, 2012 photo provided by the Metropolitan Opera shows a scene from Wagner's, "Das Rheingold," during a dress rehearsal at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. On May 12 the Met concludes the last of three complete presentations of Robert Lepage's production of the four-opera Ring Cycle, which includes Das Rheingold; Die Walkure; Siegfried and Gotterdammerung. (AP Photo/The Metropolitan Opera, Ken Howard)