Grange Park Opera Announces New ‘The Ring Cycle’

By Francisco Salazar

The Grange Park Opera has announced that it will present Wagner’s “The Ring Cycle between 2026 and 2029.

The company said that it will showcase a production by Charles Edwards that will begin in 2026 with “Das Rheingold” followed by “Die Walküre” in 2027. “Siegfried” will be showcased in 2028 and in 2029 “Götterdämmerung” will conclude the cycle.

In a statement, Edwards said, “Around 1980 I would visit my local library to borrow LPs: G&S, Andrew Lloyd Webber, ‘Rigoletto’… and then I heard scenes from ‘The Ring.’ What was this? I became obsessed with Wagner and for 40 years, I’ve never stopped listening to it, thinking about it, dreaming up productions, imagining casts. I’ve listened to every great conductor plying his Wagnerian trade. I don’t think of The Ring as a tragic, upsetting, world-ending misery. So much of it is funny. Wagner had a (usually ironic) sense of humour. He was the greatest, revolutionary real theatre-maker and he loved the idea of smashing things up to re-make them.”

The operas will be conducted by Anthony Negus and will showcase a cast that includes David Stout as Alberich, James Rutherford as Wotan, Christine Rice as Fricka, and Rachel Nicholls as our Brünnhilde. Matthew Rose, David Shipley, and Nicky Spence will also star.