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A Ring for Everyone: new broadcast and digital plans for the Ring


Digital commissioning body The Space is collaborating with Opera North to produce an online filmed version of the company's Ring cycle. Filming begins in Leeds today, as Opera North performs Richard Wagner's 16- hour masterpiece over four days at Leeds Town Hall.

BBC Radio 3 has also confirmed that it will broadcast the complete Ring from Sage Gateshead, in the final performances of the current tour, between 5 - 10 July.

The film of the Ring will be made available to stream online later in the year, working in partnership with The Space. Sung in German with English titles and text accompanying the live performances, the film of the Ring will be fully subtitled in English and also include additional narrative elements which highlight and explain significant plot points, expanding and deepening the audience’s understanding of the story.

Few works loom as large in Western culture as Richard Wagner’s monumental Ring, a cycle of four operas based on ancient Nordic and German legends with a compelling cast of heroes, gods, giants and dragons and featuring some of the most famous and influential music ever written. 

Directed by Peter Mumford and conducted by Opera North's outgoing Music Director Richard Farnes, Opera North's Ring is one of the most critically regarded opera projects of recent years, highly praised for both the highest standards in musical performance and for its clarity and accessibility to new audiences. 

BBC Radio 3 will broadcast the complete Ring cycle from Sage Gateshead, over four evenings:

Tue 5 July — Das Rheingold                                  
Wed 6 July — Die Walküre              
Fri 8 July — Siegfried
Sun 10 July — Götterdämmerung   

Andrew Foster-Williams as Gunther and Giselle Allen as Gutrune. Photo credit: Clive Barda
The Orchestra of Opera North. Photo credit: Clive Barda

What you say

Comment from Wagner’s Ring Cycle


Wagner’s Ring Cycle said ago

I watched Das Rheingold and thought it was fantastic. I am so disappointed that I cannot now view the rest of the Cycle. PLEASE could you release this production on DVD? If not, how can I view this production? Sincerely, Angela Holding.

Comment from Judith Sharp


Judith Sharp said ago

Please do consider releasing the ring cycle on DVD now that it is no longer available online, I for one would buy several copies as gifts as well as one to keep for myself. This wonderful piece of work deserves a future life and needs to be seen by many more people. Thank you. Opera North response: Hi Judith, thank you for your enquiry. There are currently no plans to release the Ring cycle on DVD or Blu-Ray. If you like you could sign up to our mailing list and you'll be among the first to know if this changes. Thanks

Comment from Peter


Peter said ago

Has a decision been made yet to release this wonderful performance on DVD and/or Blue Ray? Thanks Opera North response: Hi Peter, thanks for your enquiry. There are currently no plans to release the Ring cycle on DVD or Blu-Ray. If you like you could sign up to our mailing list and you'll be among the first to know if this changes. Thanks

Comment from Jeannie Gurnham


Jeannie Gurnham said ago

When will the film be available? Really enjoyed the full Cycle at Nottingam and can't wait to get the film. Thank you Opera North for a wonderful production. Opera North response: So glad you enjoyed the Ring cycle! The film will be available later this year. Watch this space for updates... Best wishes, Opera North

Comment from Opera North


Opera North said ago

Louis - We're so glad that you enjoyed the Nottingham Ring! There aren't currently any plans for a DVD release, but the entire cycle will be made available to stream online.

Comment from Louis Brady


Louis Brady said ago

I will be keen to buy a copy of the DVD and to watch it if and when it is broadcast on TV. I saw The Ring at Nottingham recently and it was wonderful!

Comment from vanessa pooley


vanessa pooley said ago

Delighted it will be available on film - longing to make sculptures inspired by those wonderful women on stage

Comment from Michael


Michael said ago

This was my fifth, and best, Ring. One in Birmingham ca 1979 (with ENO), one with ROH at Royal Albert Hall, one at Covent Garden, and now two at Leeds. The high standard was set by ON in 2011 to 2014 but to see it in a week is not four nights out - it's a week long adventure. I am completely converted to semi-staged performances, after all much is impossible to stage realistically. There is no substitute for being there but the digital recording will revive happy memories. Looking forward to the new season, especially Billy Budd.

Comment from Nicholas Dobson


Nicholas Dobson said ago

I look forward to this being available. The production is too good to fade forever into the Rhine in the dying notes of Gotterdammerung. It deserves to have the longevity and accessibility of film. And like Dylan's Highway 61, I will revisit it often!

Comment from Maurice Priest


Maurice Priest said ago

Great news about the forthcoming film. The limited action and atmospheric back projections are preferable to some intrusive and ridiculous fashionable productions which merely distract from the work's beauty .

Comment from Tony Sargeant


Tony Sargeant said ago

Will Opera North produce a CD of their wonderful production of Wagner's Ring Cycle for sale to the public? Opera North response: There are no current plans to produce a CD of our Ring cycle, but we hope very much that you are able to enjoy the radio broadcast from the Sage! Best wishes, Opera North

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