Thursday, June 3, 2010

PREVIEW: Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen in Shanghai!

So it is confirmed. I have tickets for the RING CYCLE.

I am referring to Richard Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen or in English The Ring of the Nibelung or in the opera world, it is simply called the Ring Cycle. The cycle is made up of four operas performed in four nights. It will be a Cologne Opera (Germany) production at the Shanghai Grand Theatre from 16th – 19th of September (1st cycle) and 21st – 24th of September (2nd cycle) as part of the Expo 2010.
Based on their website, this production will involve relocating 30 containers and 315 artists including the producers, stage designers, costume designers, makeup artists and technicians. Apparently, it took them two years to realize this project.
The Cologne production of the Ring Cycle, directed by Canadian Robert Carsen, is often referred to as the “Green Ring” as it echos the “problems of the globalized world along with the changes and processes of destruction affecting modern civilization”. It will be my first complete Ring Cycle… that is if work allows… fingers crossed.
Here are some of the production details:


Vorabend: Das Rheingold (The Rhinegold)
First Day: Die Walküre (The Valkyrie)
Second Day: Siegfried
Third Day: Götterdämmerung (Twilight oft the Gods)

• Conductor: Markus Stenz
• Director: Robert Carsen
• Stage and Costume Designer: Patrick Kinmonth
• Dramaturgie: Ian Burton
• Lighting Designer: Manfred Voss
• Chorus Master: Andrew Ollivant


• Brünnhilde: Catherine Foster
• Sieglinde: Astrid Weber
• Fricka/Waltraute: Dalia Schaechter
• Erda: Hilke Andersen
• Wotan/Der Wanderer: Greer Grimsley
• Siegfried: Stig Andersen
• Siegmund: Lance Ryan
• Loge: Carsten Süß
• Fasolt/Hunding/Hagen: Kurt Rydl
• Alberich: Oliver Zwarg
• Mime: Martin Koch
• Donner/Gunther: Samuel Youn

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