Washingtonians have eagerly awaited WNO’s first complete Ring Cycle, Richard Wagner’s extraordinary four-opera saga of gods and men, giants and dwarves. First performed as separate WNO productions before being presented as a full cycle in San Francisco, The Ring in its entirety now returns to the nation’s capital, to be staged in three complete cycles across three weeks.
Conceived and directed by Artistic Director Francesca Zambello and conducted by Music Director Philippe Auguin, the production brings together a world-class cast including British soprano Catherine Foster (Brünnhilde, Cycles I & II), Swedish soprano Nina Stemme (Brünnhilde, Cycle III), American tenor Daniel Brenna (Siegfried), American bass-baritone Alan Held (Wotan/The Wanderer), and many other top artists, including several reprising their roles from the original Washington productions. Additional events, ranging from expert-led lectures and engaging symposia to convenient dining options, give audiences even more ways to explore and celebrate The Ring’s WNO homecoming.
Spectacularly evoking the mythology of America, Francesca Zambello’s acclaimed production draws provocative parallels between Wagner’s fantastical drama and civilization’s corruption of nature. The struggle for the possession of a powerful ring drives this extraordinary series of operas, in which the stakes—control of the entire world—could not be higher.
What people are saying
"One of the best Ring cycles in more than a quarter of a century [by] one of the best directors working in opera today."
"Thoughtful, arresting, and visually spectacular... a Ring to remember!"
"A musical and theatrical tour de force!"
"Imaginative! Inventive and involving"
"Zambello is a brilliant story-teller... adept at finding the dramatic kernel of a scene, translating words and sung phrases into something that is compelling on stage"
"Philippe Auguin conducted masterfully, shaping the score with an unerring sense of momentum, proportion, and sensitivity."
The Ring Cycle
Major support for WNO and the Ring Cycle is provided by Jacqueline Badger Mars.
David and Alice Rubenstein are the Presenting Underwriters of WNO.
WNO acknowledges the longstanding generosity of Life Chairman Mrs. Eugene B. Casey.
Generous support for the Ring Cycle is provided by
Constance Milstein de La Haye St. Hilaire & Mr. Jehan Christophe de La Haye St. Hilaire,
Lynn and John Pohanka, Ken and Dorothy Woodcock, and an anonymous gift.
Additional support for the Ring Cycle is provided by Robert and Lynn Downing;
Kenneth R. Feinberg and Camille S. Biros, on behalf of The Law Offices of Kenneth R. Feinberg, PC;
James A. Feldman and Natalie Wexler; Ms. Wilhelmina Holladay; and Prince Charitable Trusts.