Christine Goerke Will Not Make Bayreuth Festival Debut During Summer 2020

By Francisco Salazar
(Credit: Arielle Doneson)

The article has been edited since its original publication.

Christine Goerke will no longer make her debut at the Bayreuth Festival in Wagner’s “Götterdämmerung” this summer.

The company announced that due to personal reasons that will limit the soprano from long rehearsal periods, Goerke will no longer participate in the new production. Instead, Goerke will is now scheduled to make her Bayreuth Festival debut in 2023 in a new production of “Tristan und Isolde.”

As far as this summer’s Ring Cycle, audiences will see Iréne Theorin take over the role of Brünnhilde, performing on August 1, 13, and 29, 2020.

Theorin is well-known for her interpretation of the famed Wagnerian heroine, having performed it at the Metropolitan Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Royal Swedish Opera, Wiener Staatsoper, San Francisco Opera, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Washington National Opera, Gran Teatre del Liceu, Staatsoper, Berlin, the Wagner Festival in Budapest, Oper Leipzig, Cologne and New National Theatre Tokyo.

Theorin joins a cast that includes Pietari Inkinen conducting a new production by Valentin Schwarz with Stephen Gould as Siegfried, John Lundgren as Alberich, Elisabeth Teige as Guntrune, Tomasz Konieczny as Gunther, and Ain Anger as Hagen.