19 November 2011

"The Wagner Circle" created to support Wagner productions at The Royal Opera

Continuing the Ring and Parsifal in 2007/2008, Der fliegende Holländer and Lohengrin in 2008/2009 and Tristan und Isolde in 2009/2010, The Royal Opera will stage a Wagner production each Season, culminating in a revival of the Ring in 2012.

The magnitude of this project and interest in Wagner’s work is such that ROH has created a special group to support these productions.

The Wagner Circle brings together like-minded people for interesting and insightful evenings that provide a deeper knowledge and understanding of Wagner, his operas and their portrayal at the Royal Opera House.


In 2011/2012 the Wagner Circle will help to support The Royal Opera's revivals of Der fliegende Holländer and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and will enjoy a special programme of involvement around these productions.

Thursday 29 September 2011
A musical evening in a private London home with Wagnerian bass René Pape and The Royal Opera’s Head of Music David Syrus to hear Mr Pape prepare his Wagner roles

Wednesday 2 November 2011
An afternoon in the company of Concertmaster Peter Manning, and members of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, to demonstrate Wagner’s string technique and orchestration in Der fliegende Holländer

Wednesday 7 December 2011
An afternoon sitzprobe stage rehearsal with the principal cast of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg led by Maestro Antonio Pappano followed by afternoon tea*

Monday 19 December 2011
An evening around the first-night performance of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg including a pre-performance talk and post-performance party with members of the cast. We have reserved top-price performance tickets for you to purchase*

Wednesday 18 April 2012
A ‘Ring Refresher’ evening, to explore The Royal Opera’s Ring. Special guest speakers (subject to availability) will include author, dramaturge and critic, Barry Millington, author and critic Gary Kahn and the Royal Opera House’s commissioning editor John Snelson. Musical excerpts will be performed by soprano Susan Bullock and heldentenor Simon O’Neill

Monday 18 June 2012
An evening in the company of the new Director of Opera, Kasper Holten, who directed his own imaginative Ring in Copenhagen 2006, and academic and author of Treacherous Bonds and Laughing Fire: Religion and Politics in the Ring, Dr Mark Berry. They will discuss different stagings of the Ring

* All tickets and catering would be in addition to the gift

02 November 2011

Robert Lepage’s Siegfried at the Met

In part three of Metropolitan Opera's new Ring production by Robert Lepage, Wagner’s cosmic vision focuses on his hero’s early conquests, while Robert Lepage’s revolutionary stage machine transforms itself from bewitched forest to mountaintop love nest. Jay Hunter Morris sings the title role and Deborah Voigt’s Brünnhilde is his prize. Bryn Terfel is the Wanderer. Fabio Luisi conducts.


Conductor: Fabio Luisi
Brünnhilde: Deborah Voigt
Erda: Patricia Bardon
Siegfried: Jay Hunter Morris
Mime: Gerhard Siegel
Wanderer: Bryn Terfel
Alberich: Eric Owens

Production: Robert Lepage
Associate Director: Neilson Vignola
Set Designer: Carl Fillion
Costume Designer: François St-Aubin
Lighting Designer: Etienne Boucher
Video Image Artist: Pedro Pires