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Cast Change Announcement: Wotan


As Opera North's current tour of Richard Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen reaches the Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, Hungarian baritone Béla Perencz has withdrawn from three scheduled performances as Wotan in Die Walküre due to unforeseen circumstances.

Béla Perencz will no longer be singing Wotan in Nottingham (7 June), Salford Quays (14 June) and London (29 June), but will continue to perform the role of the Wanderer in Siegfried, as originally billed. 

Robert Hayward, who was last seen on the Opera North stage as Gérard in Andrea Chénier, will now appear as Wotan in all remaining performances of Die Walküre. He has already sung the part in the two recent cycles at Leeds Town Hall and was scheduled to perform the role in the final cycle in the Company’s current tour at Sage Gateshead on 6 July.   

Conducted by Richard Farnes, in his last appearance as Opera North’s Music Director, and with atmospheric staging and design by Peter Mumford, the Ring opens in Nottingham today, with further dates at The Lowry in Salford Quays, London’s Royal Festival Hall at Southbank Centre, and Sage Gateshead.

BBC Radio 3 will broadcast the complete Ring from Sage Gateshead, in the final performances of the current tour, while digital commissioning body The Space is also collaborating with Opera North to produce an online filmed version of the complete Ring cycle. Filmed during the second cycle at Leeds Town Hall in May, the film of the Ring will be made available to stream online later in the year. 

Béla Perencz as Wanderer and Ceri Williams as Erda. Photo credit: Clive Barda
Robert Hayward as Wotan. Photo credit: Clive Barda


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