Just in: North sends Ring to London

Just in: North sends Ring to London


norman lebrecht

January 22, 2015




opera north ring

Leeds Town Hall (23 April – 21 May & 24 – 29 May 2016)

Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham (6 – 11 June 2016)

The Lowry, Salford (13 – 18 June 2016)

Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre (28 June – 3 July 2016)

Sage Gateshead (5 – 10 July 2016)

An extraordinary journey comes full circle in 2016, as Opera North presents highly anticipated full performances of The Ring Cycle: Richard Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen.

The Leeds-based national opera company will perform a series of six full cycles of the operas which make up Wagner’s marathon four-part masterpiece: Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, Siegfried and Götterdämmerung.

Previously staged in annual instalments between 2011 and 2014 and performed to sell-out crowds, the Ring has seen Opera North’s music director Richard Farnes become a leading interpreter of Wagner’s epic scores. He will conduct all six cycles of the Ring in 2016, performances which will mark the end of his 12 year tenure as the Company’s music director.


  • Robert Jones says:

    Just for the sake of clarity, the tour seems to have no dates in Wales, Northern Ireland, or Scotland. More of an English tour then. Pity.

    • Graeme Hall says:

      Well, other than the RFH all the venues are in fact Opera North’s regular venues.

      Having seen all four operas when done seperately I can only confirm what all the critics have said, they were outstanding. Richard Farnes must be one of the most under-appreciated conductors around and will be much missed.

    • DLowe says:

      Opera North. Not Opera UK. They do the northern cities of England.

      I agree with Graeme – I didn’t see his Wagners’, but I did see his recent Otello and La Fanciulla. Superb. I’m very glad to see he’ll be doing them at the RFH.