Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Opera North Ring Cycle on tour

Opera North is taking its acclaimed concert staging of the Ring Cycle on tour in 2016 and will be performing two cycles in Leeds Town Hall (23 April 2016, 24 May 2016), as well as performing the cycle in the Royal Concert Hall Nottingham (6 June 2016), The Lowry, Salford Quays (13 June 2016), the Southbank Centre, London (26 June 2016) and the Sage Gateshead (5 July 2016). Full details of dates, casts and much more are available from the dedicate Ring Cycle website

This is an amazing event, with a wonderful opportunity for people to see this fine production and a rare tour of a whole Ring Cycle. Tours of the Ring by UK opera companies are extremely rare. ENO toured with the Goodall Ring in the 1970's (I saw it in Manchester as a student), and WNO did some touring with their Ring and brought it to Covent Garden in the 1980's. Then Graham Vick's Ring in two days for Birmingham Opera (with a reduced scoring by Jonathan Dove) toured in the 1990's. But that is about it, so catch it if you can.

Richard Farnes conducts and the concert staging is by Peter Mumford. Many of the operas are double cast, with roles also being shared across the cycle so that casting varies with the combination of city and opera.  Wotan is shared by Michael Druiett, Bela Perencz and Robert Hayward, Alberich is Johl Pohlheim, Loge Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperhacke, Mime is Richard Roberts. Brunnhilde is being shared between Kelly Cae Hogan and Alwyn Mellor, with Mellor also sharing Sieglinde with Lee Bissett. Siegfried is Mats Turi, Siegmund is Michael Weinius and Mark Le Brocq. And the cast includes Susan Bickley, Mats Almgren, Andrew Foster-Williams, Heather Shipp, Fiona Kimm, Yvonne Howard, and James Creswell.

You can see the preview trailer after the break:


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1 comment:

  1. "Tours of the Ring by UK opera companies are extremely rare. ENO toured with the Goodall Ring in the 1970's (I saw it in Manchester as a student), and WNO did some touring with their Ring and brought it to Covent Garden in the 1980's. Then Graham Vick's Ring in two days for Birmingham Opera (with a reduced scoring by Jonathan Dove) toured in the 1990's"
    What about Scottish Opera's 2003 cycle at Edinburgh, Glasgow and Salford?

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