One question I'm invariably asked when people learn that I sing Wagner is 'how do you become a Wagnerian?'. The music is on a scale like no other, and as someone remarked to me recently, Wotans and Brünnhildes don't grow on trees. Read More
16 Jun - 14 Jul 2012
Wotan is king of the gods, law-maker and father of nine warrior daughters (Valkyries) with the goddess of the Earth, Erda. He tries to break the curse of the Ring of power by fathering a pure-of-heart hero by a mortal woman. But when the lives of Wotan’s mortal off-spring are threatened, his plans to protect them are thwarted and his favourite daughter defies his will. Though Wotan still loves her dearly, he is forced to punish her severely.
Duration: approximately 5 hours 30 minutes (incl 2 intervals)
Sung in German with English titles
'the evening’s crown was Alwyn Mellor’s Sieglinde....you’d be lucky to hear as good at Bayreuth...so far this Ring has been nothing short of stupendous.'
The Telegraph - Full Review ›
All in all, a victorious night...superb playing of the Opera North Orchestra, dynamically conducted by Richard Farnes.
The TImes - Full Review ›
A dauntingly long evening flies by – the orchestral playing is world class, and Richard Farnes‘s clear-sighted conducting is a marvel. You hear everything you need to, and the singers are rarely overwhelmed. It’s all beautifully paced, with an extended final scene played with touching sweetness, just at the point where you expect the musicians to be falling off their chairs with fatigue.
The Arts Desk - Full Review ›
Less can be more when it comes to Wagner, and Opera North's "austerity Ring" – now on its second instalment in its second year – continues to enthral and amaze....Richard Farnes's conducting, meanwhile, is sensational in its sweep, detail and understanding.
The Guardian - Full Review ›
a thrilling and moving experience
The Independent - Full Review ›
A fine account of Fricka from Katarina Karneus, and eight splendid Valkyrie complete the cast, the superb playing of the Orchestra of Opera North, with Richard Farnes conducting, drawing the most enthusiastic part of a long and noisy final ovation.
Yorkshire Post - Full Review ›
It is so entirely absorbing that, bar a numb behind, you are utterly transported to musical Valhalla for half a day. This performance richly deserves the lengthy rapturous applause that broke out following every act. Seek it out. It will be with you forever.
Evening Chronicle - Full Review ›
Leeds Town Hall
Box Office: 0844 848 2720 (calls cost 7ppm)
Leeds Town Hall is conveniently located in the centre of Leeds, next to Leeds Central Library and Leeds City Art Gallery. It is a five minute walk from both the rail and bus stations and a ten minute drive from the M1 and M62 motorways.
Choose from these fantastic pre-performance dining options and make your experience complete!
Explore the pre-theatre menu (available Monday to Saturday 5.00-6.30pm) or a la carte menu at Iberica, Leeds' authentic Spanish dining experience, just a three minute walk from Leeds Town Hall. Turandot bookers can also enjoy a complimentary glass of cava when ordering from either menu on presentation of ticket (day of performance).
Veritas Ale & Wine Bar
Enjoy a special pre-opera meal at Veritas Ale & Wine Bar. Just a 2 minute walk from Leeds Town Hall, choose either two courses for £13.95 (£17.50 with a 175ml house wine) or three courses for £15.95 (£19.50 with a 175ml house wine). Available 5.00-6.30pm. Booking is required.
St Mary's Square
The Sage Gateshead has its own car park with lift access situated directly behind the building. If you arrive and depart within 30 minutes, there is no charge. From 06.00-17.00 charges are £1.50 per hour, paid for on exit only. From 5pm there is a pre-pay discounted rate available at a fixed charge of £3.50 for the whole evening.
Further car parking is available within two to fifteen minutes walking distance from The Sage Gateshead, in Gateshead and Newcastle centres.
Thanks to the generosity of Nexus, you can travel to and from Gateshead Interchange by Metro absolutely free: simply retain your event ticket for inspection on the Metro (valid two hours prior to, and after, an event at The Sage Gateshead).
The bright yellow Quaylink buses run every 10 minutes during the day, around every 20 minutes during the evenings and directly serves The Sage Gateshead.
Birmingham New Street and Snow Hill stations are within easy walking distance of Town Hall and Symphony Hall.
The main Pay & Display car park underneath the National Indoor Arena (NIA) is about a 10 minute walk from Symphony Hall. Additional spaces are available in the local Paradise Circus multi-storey car park (formerly Brindley Drive), Brindleyplace and Cambridge Street car parks.
Box office: 0843 208 6000
There is a passenger drop-off point immediately in front of The Lowry. Secure parking is available in The Lowry Outlet Mall multi-storey car park. There are designated areas for disabled parking on every level.
The Lowry is accessible by train, tram and bus. http://www.tfgm.com/
From national railway stations, Manchester Piccadilly and Victoria you can travel to The Lowry by Metrolink tram. You can board an Eccles line tram and should alight at Harbour City, or Media City UK for trams which stop there, as this is slightly closer.
The musical highlights are many and some will be very familiar through their regular play in films, advertising and on the radio: Siegmund’s hymn of praise to the coming of spring and the awakening of love, ‘Winterstürme’, the Ride of the Valkyries, the Magic Fire music and, above all, the great confrontation between Wotan and Brünnhilde.
The full scale and splendour of Wagner’s magnificent conception will be revealed in dramatic performances for the concert hall. With film projections and atmospheric lighting, you will have the rare opportunity to immerse yourself completely in the music, conducted by the Company’s Music Director Richard Farnes.
The Bayreuth Festspielhaus, the theatre Wagner created solely for the purpose of staging his work, is famous for its outstanding acoustics and its very uncomfortable seats. To buy a ticket for a performance, you still have to wait for up to ten years.
Deli style picnic:
Enjoy a delicious picnic style deli menu at Leeds Town Hall.
To make a reservation please call: 01937 849 911
Browns: A La Carte Menu
Browns Leeds offers a stylish blend of classic and modern dishes, platters-to-share, pasta, salads, sides and puddings.
To make a reservation please call: 0113 243 9353
Gaucho: Express Menu
This sumptuous restaurant exudes contemporary glamour married with authentic Argentine culture. Indulge in the finest Argentine steaks and wine.
To make a reservation call: 0113 2461783
Please quote 'Wagner' when booking so that Gaucho can ensure the quickest service during the interval.
Thai Edge: A La Carte Menu, 15% Off
Inspirational Thai dishes in a unique oriental contemporary setting.
To make a reservation call: 0113 243 6333
The New Ellington
This menu is available on the 20 & 27 June only
Veritas Ale & Wine Bar
Enjoy a selection of sharing deli platters at Veritas Ale & Wine Bar.
To make a reservation call: 0113 2428094
Saturday 16 June
1st interval at 5.40pm - 6.10pm
2nd interval at 7.45pm - 9.00pm
Wednesday 20 and Wednesday 27 June
1st interval at 6.10pm - 6.40pm
2nd interval at 8.15pm - 9.30pm