The London Philharmonic Orchestra Announces Two Complete Wagner Ring Cycles Conducted By Vladimir Jurowski
In one of its boldest undertakings yet, the London Philharmonic Orchestra today [28 October 2019] announces that it will present all four operas of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen over a week at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, the Orchestra's London home. The full cycle will be performed twice from 25-31 January 2021 and 5-10 February 2021.
The star-studded concert stagings of Wagner's complete cycle will be conducted by Vladimir Jurowski as a landmark of his final season as Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, before he becomes its Conductor Emeritus and assumes his new role as Music Director at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich in spring 2021.
The casts for the two Ring cycles include many established Wagner specialists: Patricia Bardon, Ruxandra Donose, Christian Elsner, Burkhard Fritz, Torsten Kerl, Lise Lindstrom, Robert Hayward, Derek Welton, Allan Clayton, Kai Rüütel, Claire Barnett-Jones and Brindley Sherratt. A number of soloists will be making important role debuts, such as Matthew Rose as Wotan in Die Wälkure and Brindley Sherratt as Hagen in Götterdämmerung.
Vladimir Jurowski says:
"Conducting the Ring is possibly the single most challenging undertaking for any conductor, but I cannot imagine a better partner for this than the London Philharmonic Orchestra. I hope that we have already shown that experiencing these operas in imaginative concert stagings is a hugely powerful and fulfilling way to enjoy Wagner's magnificent scores and I hope that music lovers from around the world will join us for this momentous event."
Timothy Walker, Chief Executive and Artistic Director of LPO says:
"Vladimir's creative energy and artistic rigour with the LPO has been nothing less than transformational. Two complete cycles of Wagner's massive Ring cycle in as many weeks, considered by many to be the supreme test for a conductor, players and singers seems a fitting tribute to Vladimir in his last season as Principal Conductor, and a magnificent way for the Orchestra to acknowledge our deepest gratitude to him."
Gillian Moore CBE, Director of Music, Southbank Centre says:
"A complete Ring cycle is a momentous occasion, not least when it's presented by forces as magnificent as our Resident Orchestra the London Philharmonic and Vladimir Jurowski. Their exemplary interpretations of the first two operas in the cycle, Das Rheingold and Die Walküre, promise that the full cycle here at Southbank Centre will be an unmissable event. What better way to celebrate Jurowski's extraordinary tenure with the LPO than with this ambitious project."
Speaking of the Ring, Jurowski has said, "The main point of interest is the music itself." It is, of course, a work that offers a feast of interpretative possibilities to directors and dramaturgs. In 1976, Patrice Chéreau's Bayreuth Centenary production, which set the action in an industrialised society, opened a new era in the staging of opera. Since then, the Ring has been reinvented so many times - and sometimes so controversially - that, as the Financial Times wrote, "A concert performance seems to be the only way of putting the spotlight back on the orchestra and singers."
Unusually for one of the world's leading symphony orchestras, the LPO also has an extensive history in the opera pit, having been the resident orchestra at Glyndebourne Festival Opera since 1964. Jurowski was Glyndebourne's Music Director from 2001-13 and has conducted at such houses as the Metropolitan Opera, New York; the Opéra National de Paris; the Teatro alla Scala, Milan; the Dresden Semperoper and the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow. Among the operas that Jurowski and the LPO have performed at Royal Festival Hall are Britten's Peter Grimes, Beethoven's Fidelio, Enescu's Oedipe, Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress, Rachmaninoff's The Miserly Knight, Zemlinsky's A Florentine Tragedy, Shostakovich's The Gamblers and Korngold's Das Wunder der Heliane.
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