Seattle—Seattle Opera’s critically acclaimed production of Wagner’s four-opera epic Der Ring des Nibelungen returns for three cycles in August 2013, and online ticket sales to the general public will begin on Monday, November 12, at 9 a.m.
Phone and in-person sales will begin on Thursday, November 15.
Fans of Seattle Opera on Facebook may secure tickets early, beginning November 8.
This will be the fourth time Seattle Opera presents this award-winning production of the Ring, inspired by the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest.
The 2001, 2005, and 2009 mountings of this Ring production boasted sold-out performances and audiences from 50 states and 33 countries; so far, people from 49 states and 13 countries are coming for the 2013 Ring.
“Seattle Opera’s production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle now stands alone as the only traditional depiction of the epic music drama on the American stage,” wrote the Associated Press in 2009. “And tall and proud it stands, indeed…magnificent to look at and imaginatively staged.”
The production features stage direction by Stephen Wadsworth, sets by Thomas Lynch, costumes by the late Martin Pakledinaz, and lighting by Peter Kaczorowski.
Principal Guest Conductor Asher Fisch, named “among the finest Ring conductors of our time” by Opus Magazine, will be in the pit.
Maestro Fisch kicked off Seattle Opera’s current season conducting widely-lauded productions of Turandot and Fidelio.
General Director Speight Jenkins, who concludes his thirty years at the helm of Seattle Opera in 2014, casts his final Ring with this production.
Making their Seattle Opera debuts in this production are Alwyn Mellor as Brünnhilde and Stefan Vinke as Siegfried.
Mellor had critics reaching for superlatives when she sang Isolde at England’s Grange Park Opera in 2011.
Vinke has sung Siegfried in London, Cologne, Leipzig, Berlin, Salzburg, Venice, and Lisbon.
Greer Grimsley, most recently heard as Don Pizarro in last month’s production of Fidelio, returns to Seattle Opera for the third time as Wotan, a role for which he won Seattle Opera’s 2005 Artist of the Year award.
Other returning artists include Stephanie Blythe as Fricka, Margaret Jane Wray as Sieglinde, Stuart Skelton as Siegmund, Dennis Petersen as Mime, Richard Paul Fink as Alberich, Daniel Sumegi as Fafner and Hagen, Andrea Silvestrelli as Fasolt and Hunding, and Luretta Bybee as Schwertleite and the First Norn.
Making their debuts in this production are Markus Brück as Donner and Gunther, Wendy Bryn Harmer as Freia, Gerhilde, and Gutrune, Mark Schowalter as Loge, and Lucille Beer as Erda.
The Rhine Daughters and other roles will be sung by Jennifer Zetlan, Cecelia Hall (debut), and Renee Tatum (debut).
Valhalla Sponsor: Nesholm Family Foundation/John F. and Laurel Nesholm
Festival Sponsor: Lufthansa
Additional Support: Carol Franc Buck Foundation
Official Hotel Sponsor: Grand Hyatt Seattle
Der Ring des Nibelungen
By Richard Wagner
In German with English Captions
All performances take place at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, Seattle, WA
Tickets: Cycle prices start at $300 through $1460 (includes all four operas)
Seattle Opera Ticket Office: 206.389.7676, 800.426.1619, www.seattleopera.org
OPERA CYCLE I CYCLE II CYCLE III
Das Rheingold Sunday, August 4 Monday, August 12 Tuesday, August 20
Die Walküre Monday, August 5 Tuesday, August 13 Wednesday, August 21
Siegfried Wednesday, August 7 Thursday, August 15 Friday, August 23
Götterdämmerung Friday, August 9 Saturday, August 17 Sunday, August 25
Conductor: Asher Fisch
Director: Stephen Wadsworth
Set Designer: Thomas Lynch
Costume Designer: Martin Pakledinaz
Lighting Designer: Peter Kaczorowski
Hair and Makeup Designer: Joyce Degenfelder
Fire Designer, Flight Technical Director: Charles T. Buck
English Captions: Jonathan Dean
Brünnhilde: Alwyn Mellor †
Siegfried: Stefan Vinke †
Wotan/The Wanderer: Greer Grimsley
Fricka/2nd Norn/Waltraute: Stephanie Blythe
Siegmund: Stuart Skelton
Sieglinde/3rd Norn: Margaret Jane Wray
Alberich: Richard Paul Fink
Mime: Dennis Petersen
Fafner/Hagen: Daniel Sumegi
Fasolt/Hunding: Andrea Silvestrelli
Loge: Mark Schowalter †
Donner/Gunther: Markus Brück †
Freia/Gerhilde/Gutrune: Wendy Bryn Harmer †
Erda: Lucille Beer †
Woglinde/Forest Bird: Jennifer Zetlan
Wellgunde/Rossweisse: Cecelia Hall †
Flosshilde/Grimgerde: Renee Tatum †
Froh: Jason Collins
Helmwige: Jessica Klein †
Waltraute in Die Walküre: Lindsay Ammann †
Schwertleite/1st Norn: Luretta Bybee
Ortlinde: Tamara Mancini †
Siegrune: Sarah Heltzel
† Seattle Opera debut
Sarah Heltzel is a former Seattle Opera Young Artist.
About Seattle Opera
Founded in 1963, Seattle Opera is one of the leading opera companies in the United States.
The company is recognized internationally for its theatrically compelling and musically accomplished performances, especially the Opera’s interpretations of the works of Richard Wagner.
Since 1975, Seattle Opera has presented 38 cycles of the Ring (three different productions), in addition to acclaimed productions of all the other major operas in the Wagner canon. Seattle Opera has achieved the highest per capita attendance of any major opera company in the United States, and draws operagoers from four continents and 50 states.
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