Lyric Opera of Chicago Opens Ring Cycle

Classic Arts News   Lyric Opera of Chicago Opens Ring Cycle
The Lyric Opera of Chicago presents the first of three complete performances of Wagner's Ring cycle starting with Das Rheingold tonight. The performances are the company's first of the four-part work since 1996.

This cast includes James Morris as Wotan, Jane Eaglen as Br‹nnhilde, Plšcido Domingo as Siegmund, and Michelle DeYoung as Sieglinde. Lyric music director Andrew Davis conducts.

The company has revived the August Everding production that it presented nine years ago, restaged by Herbert Kellner with minor changes, including a new scene at the end of G‹tterd‹mmerung. The bungee-jumping Rhinemaidens and the Valkyries on trampolines from the original production, choreographed by Cirque du Soleil's Debra Brown, have returned. Sets and costumes are by John Conklin; lighting is by Duane Schuler.

According to the Lyric, Wagner fans from every state and 27 countries have traveled to Chicago for the cycle, which is entirely sold out.

The first presentation of the cycle continues with Die Walk‹re tomorrow, Siegfried on March 31, and G‹tterd‹mmerung on April 2. Subsequent cycles run April 4-9 and April 11-16.

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