Digital commissioning body The Space is collaborating with Opera North to produce an online filmed version of the company's Ring cycle. Filming begins in Leeds today, as Opera North performs Richard Wagner's 16- hour masterpiece over four days at Leeds Town Hall.
BBC Radio 3 has also confirmed that it will broadcast the complete Ring from Sage Gateshead, in the final performances of the current tour, between 5 - 10 July.
The film of the Ring will be made available to stream online later in the year, working in partnership with The Space. Sung in German with English titles and text accompanying the live performances, the film of the Ring will be fully subtitled in English and also include additional narrative elements which highlight and explain significant plot points, expanding and deepening the audience’s understanding of the story.
Few works loom as large in Western culture as Richard Wagner’s monumental Ring, a cycle of four operas based on ancient Nordic and German legends with a compelling cast of heroes, gods, giants and dragons and featuring some of the most famous and influential music ever written.
Directed by Peter Mumford and conducted by Opera North's outgoing Music Director Richard Farnes, Opera North's Ring is one of the most critically regarded opera projects of recent years, highly praised for both the highest standards in musical performance and for its clarity and accessibility to new audiences.
BBC Radio 3 will broadcast the complete Ring cycle from Sage Gateshead, over four evenings:
Tue 5 July — Das Rheingold
Wed 6 July — Die Walküre
Fri 8 July — Siegfried
Sun 10 July — Götterdämmerung
Andrew Foster-Williams as Gunther and Giselle Allen as Gutrune. Photo credit: Clive Barda
The Orchestra of Opera North. Photo credit: Clive Barda