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15 Jun - 13 Jul 2013

Richard Wagner (1876)

Of all the operas in Wagner’s monumental music drama ‘Der Ring des Nibelungen’, the third, Siegfried, tells a story that most resembles a fairy tale. Bold and fearless, the young hero Siegfried seeks ever increasing challenges and adventures. Forging an unbreakable sword from the shards of the weapon that belonged to his father, he slays the dragon Fafner and seizes from the dragon’s hoard the ring that gives its bearer power over the world. But when he awakens the sleeping Brünnhilde after penetrating the magic fire surrounding her, he encounters his greatest challenge – to win over her love.

Wagner’s unparalleled orchestral scene-painting reaches new heights in this work, and the closing love duet for Siegfried and Brünnhilde, completed after Wagner had composed Tristan und Isolde, has a blazing erotic intensity in common with that work.

Siegfried is conducted by Richard Farnes, who, following the first two instalments of Opera North’s Ring, has been praised as the country’s eminent Wagnerian. The unrivalled power and vividness of Wagner’s music will again be translated into evocative and atmospheric lighting and film projections by Peter Mumford.

An international cast is headed by the Estonian tenor Mati Turi and the Swedish soprano Annalena Persson; and Michael Druiett returns to sing the role of The Wanderer following his acclaimed performances of Wotan in Das Rheingold in 2011. 

Bringing alive the full scale and splendour of Wagner’s magnificent conception, this is the perfect occasion to celebrate Wagner’s bicentenary. 

The performance will finish at approximately 10.20pm
Please note: performance time includes two intervals, one of 30 minutes, and one of 1 hour 15 minutes.

Approximate timings (these times are subject to change slightly at each performance venue):

Act 1: 16.30 - 17.50
interval: 17.50 - 18.20
Act 2: 18.20 - 19.40
interval: 19.35 - 20.50
Act 3: 20.50 - 22.15

Sung in German with English titles.

A collaboration with The Sage Gateshead and Symphony Hall, Birmingham.

Financially supported by the Opera North Future Fund and The Ring Fellowship.

What the critics say

It’s all magnificent. The playing is world class. Richard Farnes judges the score’s enormous span perfectly.

The Arts Desk - Full Review ›

The power of the music in Act III, in which Wagner slows the action down, is just tremendous, deeply affecting and enjoyable.

Bachtrack - Full Review ›

I would unhesitatingly award five stars to Richard Farnes and his orchestra alone, plus another five for the singers. But since five is the maximum, then five it must be for an afternoon and evening that I will remember well into my dotage. Judging by the delirium of an excited audience at the end of the performance, the cheers and the foot stamping which threatened to shake Leeds Town Hall to its foundations, I suspect that few would disagree.

Opera Britannia - Full Review ›

Richard Farnes conducts a beautifully prepared, lyrically contoured performance.

The Financial Times - Full Review ›

As on previous ­occasions, the ­musical ­standards are high. ­Exciting as always, ­conductor ­Richard Farnes has a ­matchless ­understanding of the relationship ­between speed, detail and span in ­Wagner.

The Guardian - Full Review ›

But it’s not an easy thing to pull off, and I am breathless with admiration for Opera North, punching above its weight in producing a concert performance which any musical organisation in the world would be proud of.

The Telegraph - Full Review ›



Richard Mantle looks forward to 2013


In characteristic style, Opera North’s main stage plans for opera’s special year of 2013 include a spectacular range of opera and music. We take full advantage of the opportunity to celebrate the anniversaries of three of the greatest opera composers of all time... Read More

  • Brünnhilde Annalena Persson
  • Siegfried Mati Turi
  • Mime Richard Roberts
  • The Wanderer Michael Druiett
  • Alberich Jo Pohlheim
  • Fafner Mats Almgren
  • Voice of the Forest Bird Fflur Wyn
  • Erda Ceri Williams
Creative Team
  • Conductor Richard Farnes
  • Concert Staging Peter Mumford
  • Lighting / Projection Designer Peter Mumford
  • Associate Director Joe Austin

Click on the venue below to plan your visit.


Find Us

Leeds Town Hall
The Headrow

Important Information

Box Office: 0844 848 2720 (calls cost 7ppm)

  • There is full wheelchair access to Leeds Town Hall through the entrance at ground level at the front of the building. 
  • A number of spaces in the auditorium are reserved for wheelchair users.
  • There are accessible toilet facilities at all levels.
  • Support dogs are welcome. 
  • If you would like any further information on facilities for patrons with disabilities, please call 0113 395 0322. 

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.

  • The nearest secure parking is available at The Light (accessible via Great George Street). Price: £6.50 between 5.30pm-12.00am
  • 24 hour, 7 days a week parking is available at Woodhouse Lane car park. Price: £2 for 2 hours, £3 for 3 hours, £4 for 4 hours, £5.50 for 12 hours
  • On-street parking is also available. Price: £2 between 6.00pm-8.00am
  • We advise patrons travelling by car to leave as much time as possible for parking

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). 

Download Menu | Book via email or call 0113 403 7007

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.

Download Menu | Book via email or call 0113 242 8094 and quote 'pre-opera menu'


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Broad Street
B1 2EA


By Rail

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.


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St Mary's Square
Gateshead Quays


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.

Salford Quays

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Pier 8
Salford Quays
M50 3AZ

Important Information

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.

More info: http://www.thelowry.com/plan-your-visit/getting-here/

What you say

Comment from sheilagh davies


sheilagh davies said ago

This was a most amazing production-magnificent in all respects .Musically fantastic, superb Orchestra, remarkable singers who all acted brilliantly within the constraints of semi-staging. The film background of Nordic scenery was enthralling and so evocative, and dealt with the issue of the 'dragon' brilliantly.
In our group were two young people quite new to Wagner who had not seen the 2 earlier parts, They loved it and could follow the plot and its context most impressively.
I have seen many Ring Cycles over the years including 3 at Bayreuth and for me it was a very special production. We will all be back hopefully next year.
Thank you all.

Comment from Peter Rhodes


Peter Rhodes said ago

Siegfried continues the excellent progress of Opera North's Ring Cycle. My wife and I are serious Wagner fans and have seen numerous performances at many venues but without doubt the Opera North series is outstanding. The "semi-staging" and the projected back-cloth "scenery" and "text" add a depth of understanding that provides an added layer to the enjoyment. Last night it must have been 30+ degrees in Leeds Town Hall. WE were exhausted and we were only watching. The performers must have been relying on their adrenaline to complete their performance.
The highest praise to them all and especially to Richard Farnes and the Orchestra - who were exceptional. We are looking forward to Gotterdammerung!!

Comment from Clem Carter


Clem Carter said ago

The performance was fantastic! Many people misuse the word "epic" nowerdays, but this show was a true embodiment of the word. I won't point out the amazing singing or acting of anyone in particular, so as not to detract from the incredible talent of all involved. The orchestre were also amazing. Truly phenomenal introduction to live opera, I am looking forward to Gotterdammerung next year!

Comment from Trevor


Trevor said ago

An excellent afternoon and evening at The Lowry last night. Thanks to the screen titles and occasional pieces of narrative on screen I grasped the action and the psychological interplay of the characters much better than before. Other reviewers have praised the characterisation of the singers but I would like to add to the apprectiaion of Richard Farnes and the expanded orchestra who told the complex story with clarity and distinction.
Bring on Gotterdammerung!

Comment from Paul


Paul said ago

A glorious evening at the Sage Gateshead. To hear the orchestra released from the theatre pit so that every subtlety of Wagner's orchestration could be savoured to the full was worth the ticket money alone. Add to that the quality of all the sung performances and it adds up to one of those occasions when a performance lasts a lifetime.

One significant gripe - if the translation is to be projected (which as a non-German speaker I appreciate greatly) then it does need to be legible. The off-white text against a pale grey background, especially on the right-hand of the three screens, often could not be read from where I sat at the front of the dress circle (I have good eyesight). This happened at some of the most important moments for explaining what was happening, for example when the forest bird tells Siegfried that he is about to hear Mime's murderous inner thoughts. Anyone not knowing the plot would have missed that completely. It would have been all too easy to miss the musical delight in concentrating on the puzzle provided by the projection.

Comment from Helen Seymour


Helen Seymour said ago

A wonderful evening on 18th June: the psychological interplay, the dramatic tension, the glorious singing (especially Mati Turi) and acting (especially Richard Roberts) made it utterly enthralling. I experienced the RoH's Ring last autumn, but despite all their money (for a messy production) and despite a fabulous cast, what ON produces has been so much richer and more life-enhancing. Thank you orchestra, Richard Farnes and everyone!

Comment from Baflar


Baflar said ago

A splendid experience (on 18th June). All the singers were on form, and the orchestra of Opera North as fine as ever. Fflur Wyn deserves praise for the clarity and energy in her small part as the Forest Bird. It is bound to be difficult to convey the drama in a semi-staged performance, but one small wish for an even greater success would be for a little more acting. Often this was included effectively, but at times, a bit more gesture and movement would have been welcome: for example in the final duet between Siegfried and Brünhilde. Overall, however, an excellent production, thoroughly enjoyed.

Comment from Peter Bloodworth


Peter Bloodworth said ago

Wagnerphile or Wagnerphobe?All my life I have resisted the enthusiasm of friends and relatives for the Ring cycle. Opera North have almost converted me. I am now a Wagnostic!
Still not able to accept much about the man, his ideals and his mythology, but unable to resist the power of his music in the now annual immersion in glorious sound, engrossing visuals and brilliant acting that is the Opera North Ring Cycle.
One reviewer asks "Can it get any better?" Clearly it can, as all the established cast members, notably Michael Druiett and Richard Roberts, continue to grow in stature, and whose perforamnaces are matched new members of the cast whose quality leaves us breathless.To single out just one debut, Ceri Williams' Erda was glorious - a wonderful stage presence, rich vocal tone and diction which carried every word to the back of the Hall.
I do agree with the reservations expressed about Annalesa Persson's Brunnhilde. Sadly the final scene was the only time when the Wagnerphobe in me resurfaced, whispering "Oh come on, Siegfried. Just give her one - and we can all go home!"
I went home, astonished to realise that I can hardly wait for however many hours of Gotterdammerung. What a revelation for me. What an achievement for Opera North!

Comment from William Hunt


William Hunt said ago

A thoroughly compelling line-up of soloists wonderfully supported by the orchestra under Richard Farnes. The dialogue translation always ensured that we were abreast with what was happening. All in all a very memorable performance. We Leeds music-lovers should feel privileged to have Opera North in our city.

Comment from J D Atkinson


J D Atkinson said ago

A wonderful experience - it even managed to top last year's "Valkyrie", which is really saying something! Glorious playing and superb singing from a first-class cast. Mati Turi was stunning in the title role and fully deserved the tremendous ovation he received at the curtain call. I have to say, though, that the only weak link was Annalena Persson as Brunnhilde. Her vinegary tone was sometimes downright painful on the ear.

I can't wait for next years "Gotterdammerung"...

Comment from Richard Davies


Richard Davies said ago

An outstandingly extraordinary performance of Siegfried. I have always assumed that it is the "least interesting" of the four. Not this performance: it was exceptional. Mati Turi was stunning - he just got better & better as the performance proceeded. Where did you find him? Where has he been hiding? Other highlights? Jo Pohlheim, Mats Almgren; and Ceri Williams as Erda; and the return of Michael Druiett. Ohh - and the usual magnificent orchestra under the guidance of Richard Farnes: what a Band. Gotterdammerung can't get any better than this..........can it? I can't wait.

Comment from Delia Forster-Cooper


Delia Forster-Cooper said ago

An outstanding performance from the orchestra and singers. Throughout the performance I knew I was experiencing something very special.

Comment from Opera North


Opera North said ago

Booking for Gateshead, Salford and Birmingham is now open, booking for Leeds opens on Dec 17th

Comment from Guest


Guest said ago

looks like you can already book for the lowry

Comment from Dave Hunt


Dave Hunt said ago

Looking forward to the return of Michael Druiett, a superb Wotan in Rheingold. Enjoying this cycle more than any I've heard so far, with the possible exception of Karajan in the 1960s. Letting the music speak for itself is working for me, and the orchestra/conducting is spot-on.

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Deli style picnic:
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Browns: A La Carte Menu
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Gaucho: Express Menu
This sumptuous restaurant exudes contemporary glamour married with authentic Argentine culture. Indulge in the finest Argentine steaks and wine. 
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Thai Edge: A La Carte Menu, 15% Off
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