Unbridled greed is a principal theme of Wagner’s Ring cycle, and Wagneropera.net's Washington correspondent, Jerry Floyd, finds it ironic that the greed-induced global financial crisis caused the cancellation of this autumn’s planned series of Ring cycles by The Washington National Opera.
The troupe instead opted for two concert performances of Götterdämmerung at the Kennedy Center Opera House, featuring a number of singers originally scheduled for the complete Ring.
The first performance, on 7 November, was memorable because of sterling performances by soprano Iréne Theorin, Brünnhilde, and bass-baritone Gidon Saks, Hagen.
An additional performance of Götterdämmerung is scheduled for 15 November.
Read Jerry Floyd's WNO Götterdämmerung review here