Chicago Rheingold

The Chicago Lyric Das Rheingold sounds interesting – still 2 performances left!
New York Time Review
Chicago Tribune Review


Reminder: Bayreuth Ring Cycle on Sky Arts this weekend!


If you’re a Sky subscriber you can now set your recorder for the documentary and all four Ring Cycle operas (including a live Götterdämmerung on Sunday). The timings are as follows but be warned, if you have a standard Sky box all five programmes will probably take up over 55% of the disk space if you record in HD.  Time to start deleting those old episodes of Corrie you’ll never get round to watching anyway!

Note: Sky have adjusted the start times slightly and the documentary film is embedded in Das Rheingold on the listings. 

UK broadcast times
Saturday 30 July – Bayreuth Festival
6:45 Artists in Love: Wagner & Cosima
7:45pm Wagner Documentary & Das Rheingold
10.50pm Die Walküre

Sunday 31 July – Bayreuth Festival Complete Ring Cycle
3.30am Documentary & Das Rheingold
6.35am Die Walküre
11.15am Siegfried
4.25pm Götterdämmerung LIVE


Upcoming Ring Productions

Just introducing a new page on WagnersRing.Net – a list of upcoming live productions of full cycles or individual operas from Des Ring Des Nibelungen.

The current snapshot looks like this, but if you’d like to see a missing production added, let me know in the Comments! Start planning your next holiday now:

Vienna State Opera (2 cycles) – April/May/June 2017
Grange Park Opera (Die Walkure *6) – June/July 2017
Budapest Opera Festival (1 Cycle) – 15-18 June 2017
Leipzig Opera (1 cycle) – June/July 2017
Fort Worth (Das Rheingold *2) – May 2018
Deutsche Oper am Rhein (multiple singles) – November 2017 – June 2019
San Francisco Opera (3 cycles) – June/July 2018
Royal Opera House (4 cycles) – September/October 2018

(Updated 21 May 2017)

The Opera North Ring Cycle on BBC Radio 3


Opera North’s final cycle of their superb semi-staged concet tour of The Ring is being  broadcast live from The Sage at Gateshead.  If you’ve missed it so far, you can find the full concerts to stream from the BBC website at the following links for 28 days from the date of performance.  Enjoy!!

Tue 5 July Das Rheingold          
Wed 6 July Die Walküre  
Fri 8 July Siegfried
Sun 10 July Götterdämmerung   

Das Rheingold at Southbank

page_1Really enjoyed my second bite of the semi-staged Opera North Das Rheingold at the Royal  Festival Hall on the Southbank tonight. The.visuals and sound were great with Loge in particular being standout.  Shame I can’t do the rest of the cycle but just in Lindon for the one night and was lucky to get a late return.  If you’re around for the rest of the run there’s a free feed in the hall next door so you can watch it on screen.  There are also lots of foyer events to introduce the operas and there was a great atmosphere – well done Opera North and the Southbank Centre!

Sky Arts to broadcast 2016 Beyreuth Ring Cycle!

Very excited by this news! (Text from Sky Press Release and ATV Today).

Sky Arts has announced that for the first time in its history, Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle will be broadcast live from the world renowned Bayreuth Festival in Germany.“The Ring Cycle is Wagner’s epic masterpiece and is sheer operatic indulgence at its best. It is a true honour to be able to broadcast its entirety from the prestigious Bayreuth Festival for the first time in its history. This accomplishment demonstrates the power of close collaboration with our European colleagues and Sky Arts’ unique ability to share great masterpieces with our customers everywhere.” – Phil Edgar-Jones, director of Sky Arts UK
Sky Arts has been granted exclusive access to the prestigious theatre founded by Wagner and its productions of the four-part operatic masterpiece: Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, Siegfried, and Götterdämmerung.

UK & Ireland customers will be able to watch the complete Ring Cycle over two consecutive nights, culminating in a live transmission of Götterdämmerung simultaneously broadcast across the channels on Sunday 31st July 2016. Dedicated Wagner aficionados can watch the whole Cycle back to back from Sunday morning through to the live performance that evening.
Stephen Fry will interview the cast and tour the famous Bayreuth Festspielhaus specifically built and conceived by Wagner in 1876 to showcase his works. Further experts will investigate the importance of the Ring Cycle looking at its heroes and villains, its feminist icons and its controversial place in political history.
“I look forward to the cooperation with Sky and really appreciate its commitment. With this, many people can enjoy the performances and I believe it’s in the spirit of Richard Wagner to reach as many arts fans as possible. This is a large and prestigious project, realised with state-of-the-art technology.” – Katharina Wagner, director of the Bayreuth Festival
Composer, poet, and conductor Richard Wagner founded the Bayreuth Festival in 1876. The purpose-built auditorium enabled him to realise the full scale and potential of his works. It is now among the most important cultural festivals in Germany and is still under the guidance of the Wagner family. In 2015, Katharina, the great-granddaughter of Richard Wagner, became the director of the festival.

UK broadcast times
Saturday 30 July – Bayreuth Festival
8pm Wagner Documentary
9pm Das Rheingold
11.30pm Die Walküre

Sunday 31 July – Bayreuth Festival Complete Ring Cycle
4.30am Das Rheingold
7.00am Die Walküre
11.00am Siegfried
3.45pm Götterdämmerung LIVE