ENO new staging of Ring Cycle

Published: 27 February 2021
Reporter: Vera Liber

The Valkyrie 2021 Credit: English National Opera

English National Opera is to perform a new staging of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, directed by Richard Jones and conducted by Martyn Brabbins, over the next five years.

Starting with The Valkyrie this autumn, subject to any further lockdown restrictions, this will mark the first time in more than 15 years that ENO has staged The Ring. Rhinegold will première in 2022/23 followed by a reprise of The Valkyrie and new productions of Siegfried and Twilight of the Gods in 2024 and 2025 respectively. The Metropolitan Opera is co-producing.

Annilese Miskimmon, Artistic Director of ENO, said, "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 defence of humanity combines myth with modernity alongside some of the most powerful and recognisable operatic music ever written."

Director Jones said, "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."