Opera North Ring Cycle On-Line

Coming soon: Watch the film of Opera North’s acclaimed staging of Wagner’s epic masterpiece online, in full, for free.www.theringcycle.co.uk

A complete set of films of the Opera North Ring Cycle will be released for online streaming from Sunday 12 February, following a TV broadcast of Das Rheingold on BBC Four.

All four complete operas will be available on BBC iPlayer.

Yay! This was filmed in Leeds last year at the very set of performances I attended – so it’s going to be great.  Willl we see it on Blu-ray, that’s the question.

Thor Ragnarok


As a fan of both Wagner and the Marvel Comics Universe, I’m hoping for a nod to the Nibelungen in next year’s Thor 3: Ragnarok which has recently started filming.

There  is precedent for this as a 1980 sequence of the Thor comic which saw the Asgardian tackle Alberich and the loss of the Rhine-gold. The  writer was Roy Thomas, who went on to create one of The Ring graphic novels.


Manchester Hallé ‘Das Rheingold’

Got my ticket for the Hallé ‘Das Rheingold’ at The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester on 27 November 2016.  Should be fun!

Sir Mark Elder

Woglinde: Sarah Tynan, Soprano
Wellgunde: Jennifer Johnston, Mezzo-soprano
Flosshilde: Leah-Marian Jones, Mezzo-soprano
Alberich: Christopher Purves, Baritone
Wotan: Iain Paterson, Bass-baritone
Fricka: Susan Bickley, Mezzo-soprano
Freia: Emma Bell, Soprano
Fasolt: Reinhard Hagen, Bass
Fafner: Clive Bayley, Bass
Donner: David Stout, Baritone
Froh: David Butt Philip, Tenor
Loge: Will Hartmann, Tenor
Mime: Nicky Spence, Tenor