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Opera North’s The Ring Cycle: Siegfried – The Lowry, Salford

Richard Roberts as Mime and Lars Cleveman as Siegfried

Composer: Richard Wagner Concert staging and design concept: Peter Mumford Conductor: Richard Farnes English titles: Simon Rees Reviewer: Charlotte Broadbent It's strange to think that Wagner began with the opera Siegfried as a starting point for the entire Ring Cycle. He believed that out of all of them, this would be performed in isolation the most. Ironically history has shown ...

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Opera North’s The Ring Cycle: Die Walküre – The Lowry, Salford

Kelly Cae Hogan as Brünnhilde and Michael Weinius as Siegmund. Photo credit: Clive Barda

Composer: Richard Wagner Concert staging and design concept: Peter Mumford English titles: Simon Rees Conductor: Richard Farnes Reviewer: Charlotte Broadbent Tonight's instalment of the The Ring Cycle is arguably the most iconic of Wagner's work. Perhaps even the most striking image in opera. For who doesn't conjure that stereotypical tableux of ladies in “viking” helmets heralding war? Opera North's Die ...

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Opera North’s The Ring Cycle: Das Rheingold – The Lowry, Salford

Michael Druiett as Wotan, Jo Pohlheim as Alberich and Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke as Loge - in Opera North's Das Rheingold

Composer: Richard Wagner English text: Simon Rees Associate Director: Joe Austin Conductor: Richard Farnes Reviewer: Charlotte Broadbent And thus commences twenty and half hours of opera as Opera North embark on presenting Wagner's Ring Cycle in its entirety. A colossal undertaking and the epitome of an operatic experience. At a running time of two hours and forty minutes Das Rheingold ...

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The Ring Cycle Plays – The Scoop, London

Writer: Phil Willmott and Lisa Kumer from Richard Wagner Director: Racky Plews and Phil Willmott Reviewer: Glen Pearce Epic seems to be in vogue at the moment. As the National Theatre of Scotland brings Scotland’s monarchal history to the stage in The James Plays, on the Southbank of London Gods and Monsters Theatre Company brings Wagner's Herculean Ring Cycle to ...

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Tannhäuser – Theatre Royal, Norwich

Composer and Lyricist: Richard Wagner Conductor: Fabrice Bollon Director: Eva-Maria Höckmayr Reviewer: Glen Pearce   Wagner’s Tannhäuser was one of his most popular operas during his own lifetime but it’s a work that has fallen somewhat out of fashion recently. Eva-Maria Höckmayr’s production for Theatre Freiburg, however, reclaims it in an exhilarating production. Wagnerian opera deserves to be seen on ...

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Opera North: Götterdämmerung – The Lowry, Salford

Music and Libretto: Richard Wagner Concert Staging and design: Peter Mumford Conductor: Richard Farnes Reviewer: Dave Cunningham What a long strange trip it’s been. Götterdämmerung has to be seen in the context of Richard Wagner’s overall Ring Cycle as well as a single opera in its own right. Musical themes and motifs from earlier parts of the Cycle constantly appear ...

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Verve 14 – The Lowry, Salford

Artistic Director: Gianluca Vincentini Choreography: Lea Anderson, Gemma Nixon &Jonathan Goddard, Ben Duke, Jamaal Burkmar Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Verve is the postgraduate performance company of the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, based in Leeds. The annual Verve tour gives the pick of the new crop of graduates the opportunity to tour as a professional company, as well as work with ...

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Welsh National Opera: Wagner Dream -Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Score: Jonathan Harvey Libretto: Jean-Claude Carrière Director: Pierre Audi Reviewer: Jacqui Onions [Rating:3.5] Wagner Dream is the title piece of the Welsh National Opera’s current season and a first time production for them. It tells the story of how Wagner, on his death bed, imagines the Buddhist themed opera that he never wrote. On stepping into the auditorium and finding ...

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