English National Opera Announces New Ring Cycle; Metropolitan Opera Co-Producing

By Francisco Salazar

The English National Opera has announced a new Ring Cycle.

The company announced that Richard Jones will direct the production and will be conducted by Martyn Brabbins. It was also confirmed that the Metropolitan Opera will coproduce the production.

The production will mark the first time the ENO stages the tetralogy in 15 years. The ENO will present the complete Ring Cycle over the next five years.

“The Valkyrie” will be presented this Autumn, subject to any further lockdown restrictions. “Rhinegold” will premiere in 2022-23 followed by a reprise of “The Valkyrie,” and new productions of “Siegfried” and “Twilight of the Gods” in 2024 and 2025 consecutively.

The production will be designed by Stewart Laing with Adam Silverman as Lighting Designer, Sarah Fahie as Movement Director, and Akhila Krishnan as Video Designer.

In a statement, ENO’s Artistic Director Annilese Miskimmon said, “It is thrilling to announce this new ENO Ring Cycle, starting with Valkyrie this Autumn. Richard Jones’s theatrical vision is designed to be emotionally and narratively gripping both for long-time Wagner-lovers and for those seeing this amazing opera for the first time.  This epic story of a rebellious warrior maiden who defies the gods in defense of humanity combines myth with modernity alongside some of the most powerful and recognizable operatic music ever written. An unmissable experience for opera lovers old and new, we are delighted to welcome them all to the London Coliseum to join us at the beginning of this Wagner journey through the complete Ring over the next 5 years.”

Meanwhile, Richard Jones noted, “’The Ring’ feels extraordinarily of the twenty-first century yet mythological at the same time. How can love and empathy exist in a world of vaulting egos vying for infinite power? Produced by two of the worlds’ great opera companies I can’t imagine a more pertinent operatic response to the times we find ourselves in.”