Regents Opera to Present ‘The Ring Cycle’

By Francisco Salazar

Regents Opera is set to present its new production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, arranged for 18 orchestral players and performed in the round at The Grand Temple, Freemason’s Hall, Covent Garden.

Ben Woodward, who is set to conduct and arrange the score said, “Wagner’s Ring Cycle is the greatest work of opera ever written, usually far beyond the reach of fringe opera companies. As Fulham Opera we have already had successful performances, but this is on a new level, with greater vision and chutzpah than before. The fact we are a fringe company does not mean it will be cut down in length at all, I have spent months working with the full score to condense it ensuring that we will perform every note and word of text that Wagner wrote.”

The Ring Cycle will be performed at The Grand Temple at Freemason’s Hall Covent Garden and will be performed from 2022 through 2024. The Ring Cycle will be directed by Caroline Staunton who co-directed a new production of Wagner’s “Tannhäuser” with Kornél Mundruczó at Staatsoper Hamburg.

The cast will include Keel Watson as Wotan, Catharine Woodward as Brünnhilde, Philip Modinos as Siegfried, James Schouten as Loge, and Holden Madagame as Mime.

“Das Rheingold” will be performed in November 2022 while “Die Walküre” will be performed in May 2023. Siegfried will be performed in February 2024 and Götterdämmerung will conclude in 2024 with two full Ring Cycles.