Described as “the musical experience of a lifetime”, Opera North will perform Wagner’s full Ring Cycle as it was intended to be heard, in the space of six days. Previously staged in annual instalments between 2011 and 2014, these unique dramatic performances of Wagner’s epic four-part masterpiece have thrilled critics and audiences alike. Staged by Peter Mumford, the operas will be conducted by Richard Farnes in his final performances as the company’s Music Director.
Giselle Allen returns to Opera North after recent performances as Ellen Orford Peter Grimes (“Magnificently focused and secure, her tone penetrating and authoritative”, The Telegraph) and Freia in the 2011 production of Das Rheingold. She reprises her role as Freia, and will also appear as Gerhilde in Die Walküre and Gutrune in Götterdämmerung. Madeleine Shaw continues to exercise her grip on the Wagnerian repertoire, after appearing at the Royal Opera House as Rossweisse Die Walküre, and at ENO as Magdalene Die Meistersinger earlier in 2015. She returns to Opera North as Rossweisse, and as Wellgunde in Götterdämmerung.
Tenor Mark Le Brocq is expanding his Wagnerian roles. After an excellent performance of Loge for Longborough Opera’s Das Rheingold, Mark makes his debut as Siegmund in Die Walküre on 7 June in Nottingham. He also performs Froh in Das Rheingold for the entire cycle. Mark is also a returning artist, after performances as “a strikingly strident Bob Boles” in Peter Grimes (Bachtrack), and Vitek The Makropoulos Case.
The cast also includes internationally renowned artists such as Kelly Cae Hogan, Katherine Broderick and Alwyn Mellor (Brünnhilde), Lars Cleveman and Mati Turi (Siegfried) and Robert Hayward and Béla Perencz (Wotan).
The Ring Cycle takes place from 23 April – 21 May, and 24 – 29 May in Leeds; 6 – 11 June in Nottingham; 13 – 18 June in Salford Quays; 28 June – 3 July in London and 5 – 10 July in Gateshead.