17 January 2014
Lyric Opera of Chicago Announces Plans For New David Pountney-Directed Ring, Featuring Christine Goerke's Brünnhilde and Eric Owens's Wotan
Lyric Opera of Chicago announced today its plans to present new productions of the four operas comprising Wagner's Ring tetralogy, which will take the stage of the Civic Opera House over four consecutive seasons beginning in 2016-17 and will culminate in complete performances of the cycle in April 2020.
Announced at a press conference by Lyric Opera general director Anthony Freud, the company's new Ring is to be directed by David Pountney, who, it was also announced, will mount his production of Mieczyslaw Weinberg's The Passenger at Lyric Opera of Chicago during the company's 2015-15 season. Lyric's new Ring will feature American soprano Christine Goerke as Brünnhilde and bass-baritone Eric Owens making his role debut as Wotan. Sir Andrew Davis, Lyric Opera's music director will conduct the performances. Set designs for the operas will be created by Johan Engels, with costumes by Marie-Jeanne Lecca; lighting will be designed by Fabrice Kebour.
"Wagner’s Ring is unquestionably one of the most iconic and fascinating stage works ever created," Freud said at the announcement. "It represents the high-water mark of our art form — unique in its scale, complexity, fascination, and indeed, in its ability to hook an audience. Experiencing a Ring cycle is one of the most life-transforming artistic experiences the world has to offer. I am thrilled by the team we have assembled to create that experience at Lyric."
Lyric Opera will open its 2016-17 season with the new production of Das Rheingold on October 1, 2016, and Die Walküre will be presented as the third offering of the 2017-18 season, in November 2017. In November 2018, the company will present Siegfried, and the company will stage Götterdämmerung in March 2020 as part of its 2019-20 season. Following the end of that regular season, in April 2020, the company will present three complete cycles of Der Ring des Nibelungen. It will mark the first time that the company has presented Wagner's Ring since the 2004-05 season.
"For any company with the resources to present it, the Ring offers arguably the most formidable challenge in the entire repertoire," Freud noted. "The four operas demand from performers and production team alike profound interpretive intelligence and extraordinary technical prowess."
More information can be found at Lyric Opera of Chicago.
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