A complete film version of Opera North’s wildly successful production of Richard Wagner’s Ring cycle is released for online streaming to a global audience from 12 February 2017.
The film of Das Rheingold, the first opera in the cycle, will be broadcast on UK television by BBC Four at 7.00pm on 12 February 2017, with the four complete operas — Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, Siegfried and Götterdämmerung — to be made available via the BBC iPlayer from the same date and time (UK only).
The complete Ring cycle operas will be also available to stream online for free, in partnership with BBC Arts Online. They can be watched in a 10-episode format, globally available from 12 February 2017, at www.bbc.co.uk/ringcycle.
A radically stripped-back version of the Ring, Opera North's production has been highly praised for both the exceptional quality of its performance and the accessibility and intelligence of its staging.
Commissioned by The Space, live performances were filmed by Opera North over a week at Leeds Town Hall in May 2016, under the direction of Peter Mumford, the Ring's lighting and projection designer and concert staging director.
In addition to the complete films of the Ring operas, Opera North has released a full Ring cycle ‘conductor cam’ online. This 14 hour and 40 minute-long film is made up of a single shot of Richard Farnes conducting the entire cycle, one of the longest and most complex pieces of music ever written, which places incredible demands on its conductor.
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