We’re loving the Lyric Opera’s sales spiel for its upcoming Ring cycle:
– North America’s first new Ring cycle since 2012, and Lyric’s first Ring since 2005.
– Valhalla on the Chicago River: The Lyric Opera House is the place for the world’s Ringheads to convene this spring, with ticket holders confirmed from all 50 states and 28 countries to date.
– Brilliant interpreters immersed in a massive multi-performance marathon of Olympic proportion: It takes terrific stamina and artistry, not to mention sheer vocal power and incredible acting, to make the Ring magnificent and truly memorable. Lyric’s new production stars A-list Wagnerians and operatic superstars
– Supersized orchestral forces: Wagner created specialty low-brass horns for the Ring and scored the tetralogy for 90+ instruments. Lyric’s music director Sir Andrew Davis leads the expanded Lyric Opera Orchestra, with 92 (!) singers of the Lyric Opera Chorus prepared by chorus master Michael Black for Götterdämmerung. (The regular orchestra comprises 75 instrumentalists and the regular chorus comprises 48 singers.)
– Live-performance binge-watching: Over 15 action-packed hours of opera in four performances spanning a week, as Wagner intended.
– A score of mythical proportions: The Ring cycle is said to be the longest successful musical work ever written, and is certainly the most famous.
– Play name-that-tune bingo: Wagner wrote signature melodies, a.k.a. leitmotifs, for each of his characters, and even for curses and natural disasters. Listen for these recurring musical themes throughout the Ring.
– For information about pre-performance dining options at Lyric, visit lyricopera.org/dining to learn about on-site restaurants, pop-up sushi bar, beverage service, and more.