Kirov Ring in Cardiff Sells Out in Four Hours

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Tickets for the Kirov Opera's performances of Wagner's Ring at the Wales Millennium Center later this year went on sale yesterday at 10 a.m. and sold out by 2 p.m., the WMC said.

According to a press release, staff members at the Cardiff venue were "inundated with frantic Wagner fans desperate to secure their tickets." Requests came from as far away as the United States, the Middle East, and Russia.

Just 1,650 tickets were available for the four-opera cycle, which will run from November 30 to December 3. The WMC normally has a capacity of 1,900, but the orchestra pit will need to be expanded to hold the Kirov's Wagner-sized orchestra.

"We always expected to sell out the Ring cycle," WMC CEO Judith Isherwood said, "but have been absolutely thrilled that it sold out so quickly. It is hugely exciting for us and will undoubtedly consolidate Wales Millennium Centre's place on the international cultural map."

The Kirov production, which was conceived by artistic director Valery Gergiev and set designer George Tsypin, premiered in St. Petersburg in 2003. It will travel to the Orange Country Performing Arts Center in Southern California in October as part of the opening of OPAC's Ren_e and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall and will be seen at the Lincoln Center Festival in summer 2007.

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