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Opera North: Ring Cycle 2016

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Restricted view seats can still be purchased by calling Ticket Office on 0191 443 4661

A limited amount of returned tickets are available across the remaining nights of Opera North: Ring Cycle 2016. Available via the links below.

Wednesday 6th July 2016, 4.30pm: Die Walküre (The Valkyrie)
Friday 8th July 2016, 4.30pm: Siegfried
Sunday 10th July 2016, 3.30pm: Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods)


JUST ANNOUNCED! There will be a live BBC relay of all four performances onto Performance Square (next to Sage Gateshead).


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We’ve added some extra events around The Ring Cycle. See below for details and to book online.

Tuesday 5th July, 2016. 6.30pm
Pre-Concert Talk – Das Rheingold
Your introduction to each of the four operas with members of Opera North.

Wednesday 6th July, 2016. 11am
Sage Gateshead: A Space for Music – A Talk by Spencer de Grey and Bob Essert
Architect Spencer de Grey, Head of Design at Foster and Partners, and acoustician Bob Essert talk about the history and development of Sage Gateshead. Followed by a tour of key spaces in the building.

Wednesday 6th July, 2016. 3.30pm
Pre-Concert Talk – Die Walküre
Your introduction to each of the four operas with members of Opera North.

Thursday 7th July, 2016. 1.30pm
Inside Opera – Wagner’s Ring Cycle
In the first part of the afternoon, Dr Ian Biddle, Senior Lecturer in the School of Arts and Cultures at Newcastle University, leads a discussion on politics and the Ring.

Thursday 7th July, 2016. 5.30pm
A Musical Escape Along the Tyne
Join us for a 3 hour boat trip along the Tyne on the evening of Thursday 7th July 2016 from Newcastle’s beautiful Quayside towards the sea and back again, with musical accompaniment from a quartet of musicians from Royal Northern Sinfonia.

Friday 8th July, 2016. 3.30pm
Pre-Concert Talk – Siegfried
Your introduction to each of the four operas with members of Opera North.

Saturday 9th July, 2016. 10am – 5pm (approx)
The Alnwick Garden Coach Trip
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED, CONTACT TICKET OFFICE FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

Saturday 9 July 10.30am, 11.45am, 1.30pm
Opera North – Gold, Gods & Giants
An interactive music and storytelling workshop for families.

Saturday 9th July, 2016. 4pm
Myths & Legends
The acclaimed Opera North Children’s Chorus, along with Sage Gateshead’s own Quay Lads and Lasses perform a short work based on the same myths and legends as Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and Wagner’s Ring cycle.

Sunday 10th July, 2016. 2.30pm
Pre-Concert Talk – Götterdämmerung 2016
Your introduction to each of the four operas with members of Opera North.


Opera North returns to Sage Gateshead in the summer of 2016 to 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. The musical experience of a lifetime!

Please note there will be no interval in Das Rheingold. Die Walküre, Siegfried, and Götterdämmerung each have two intervals, one of 30 minutes and one of 90 minutes.

Das Rheingold (The Rhinegold)

Tuesday 5th July 2016, 7.30pm

The Ring begins with music that evokes the very dawn of time. From this moment we are plunged into the watery twilight beneath the river Rhine, transported to misty mountain-tops and to the depths of gloomy Nibelheim, before crossing the rainbow bridge that leads to Valhalla, fortress home of the gods.

Set in a world populated by dwarfs and giants, gods and river-maidens, Wagner’s ‘preliminary evening’ to the Ring sets the whole epic cycle in motion in thrilling fashion.


Das Rheingold: Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke as Loge and Michael Druiett as Wotan. Photo © Clive Barda.

Die Walküre (The Valkyrie)

Wednesday 6th July 2016, 4.30pm

In Die Walküre, it is human emotion that takes centre stage. The musical highlights are many: Winterstürme, Siegmund’s hymn of praise to the coming of spring and the awakening of love; the Ride of the Valkyries; the Magic Fire music. Above all, there is the great confrontation between the god Wotan and his favourite daughter, Brünnhilde – the Valkyrie of the title – who love each other deeply, yet whose relationship has been irreparably broken by her disobedience.


Die Walkure: The Valkyries. Photo © Clive Barda.

Siegfried

Friday 8th July 2016, 4.30pm

Wagner’s unparalleled orchestral scene-painting reaches new heights in Siegfried. The youthful hero, fearless and free, forges an unbreakable sword from the shards of the weapon that belonged to his father, slays the dragon Fafner, seizes the ring from the dragon’s hoard, and braves a ring of magic fire that encircles the sleeping maiden, Brünnhilde, whom he awakens to love.


Siegfried: Michael Druiett as Wanderer and Ceri Williams as Erda. Photo © Clive Barda.

Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods)

Sunday 10th July 2016, 3.30pm

In the overwhelming conclusion of the cycle, the all-consuming love of Siegfried and Brünnhilde is broken in bitter betrayal; the machinations of Hagen, son of Alberich, seal Siegfried’s doom; and Brünnhilde’s self-sacrifice precipitates the end of the old world order and the beginning of a new era. The musical and dramatic power of Götterdämmerung is awe-inspiring – sweeping us from Siegfried’s Rhine Journey to his Funeral March, and, finally, to Brünnhilde’s immolation and the work’s titanic orchestral climax.

The Ring Company

Includes:
Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke: Loge
Giselle Allen: Freia; Gerhilde; Gutrune
Mats Almgren: Fafner; Hagen
Jeni Bern: Woglinde; Woodbird
Susan Bickley: Waltraute Götterdämmerung
Lee Bisset: Sieglinde
Sarah Castle: Flosshilde; Siegrune
James Creswell: Fasolt; Hunding
Michael Druiett: Wotan Rheingold
Andrew Foster-Williams: Donner; Gunther
Daniel Frank Siegfried (Please note: Daniel Frank has been replaced by Lars Cleveman)
Robert Hayward: Wotan Walküre
Kelly-Cae Hogan: Brünnhilde Walküre, Siegfried, Götterdämmerung
Yvonne Howard: Fricka
Fiona Kimm: First Norn; Grimgerde
Mark le Brocq: Froh
Béla Perencz: Wanderer
Jo Pohlheim: Alberich
Richard Roberts: Mime
Madeleine Shaw: Wellgunde; Rossweisse
Heather Shipp: Waltraute Walküre, Second Norn
Mati Turi: Siegfried Götterdämmerung
Kate Valentine: Ortlinde
Michael Weinius: Siegmund
Ceri Williams: Erda; Schwertleite

Richard Farnes: Conductor
Peter Mumford: Concert Staging and Design Concept
Peter Mumford: Lighting and Projection Designer
Joe Austin: Associate Director

Please note that soprano Alwyn Mellor has had to withdraw from these performances for personal reasons. She has been replaced as Sieglinde by Scottish soprano Lee Bissett, and as Brünnhilde by American soprano Kelly Cae Hogan.


The water sinks down with them by Emma Critchley

Alongside Opera North’s acclaimed tour of Wagner’s complete Ring cycle, a new sound and film installation by artist Emma Critchley comes to The Royal Festival Hall, London (24 June –3 July) and the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead (8 – 10 July). Find out more…

Part of Opera North: Ring Cycle 2016

Opera North returns to Sage Gateshead in the summer of 2016 to 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...

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