Watch Online: The Ring Cycle

Watch the film of Opera North’s acclaimed staging of Wagner’s epic masterpiece online, in full, for free.

Creative Team

Richard Farnes

Conductor

Peter Mumford

Stage Director and Lighting & Projection Designer

Peter Mumford

Film Director

Das Rheingold

The Ring begins with music that evokes the very dawn of time. From this moment we are plunged into the watery twilight beneath the river Rhine, transported to misty mountain-tops and to the depths of gloomy Nibelheim, before crossing the rainbow bridge that leads to Valhalla, fortress home of the gods. Set in a world populated by dwarfs and giants, gods and river-maidens, Wagner’s ‘preliminary evening’ to the Ring sets the whole epic cycle in motion in thrilling fashion.

“Beg, borrow, or be like Wotan and steal a ticket for this show”

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The Times

Cast

Michael Druiett

Wotan

Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke

Loge

Jo Pohlheim

Alberich

Yvonne Howard

Fricke

Richard Roberts

Mime

Giselle Allen

Freia

Andrew Foster-Williams

Donner

Mark Le Brocq

Froh

James Creswell

Fasolt

Mats Almgren

Fafner

Claudia Huckle

Erda

Jeni Bern

Woglinde

Madeleine Shaw

Wellgunde

Sarah Castle

Flosshilde

Die Walküre

In Die Walküre, it is human emotion that takes centre stage. The musical highlights are many: ‘Winterstürme’, Siegmund’s hymn of praise to the coming of spring and the awakening of love; the Ride of the Valkyries; the Magic Fire music. Above all, there is the great confrontation between the god Wotan and his favourite daughter, Brünnhilde – the Valkyrie of the title – who love each other deeply, yet whose relationship has been irreparably broken by her disobedience.

“You’d be lucky to hear as good at Bayreuth”

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Daily Telegraph

Cast

Kelly Cae Hogan

Brünnhilde

Lee Bisset

Sieglinde

Michael Weinius

Siegmund

Robert Hayward

Wotan

Susan Bickley

Fricka

James Creswell

Hunding

Katherine Broderick

Helmwige

Kate Valentine

Ortlinde

Giselle Allen

Gerhilde

Sarah Castle

Siegrune

Madeleine Shaw

Rossweisse

Heather Shipp

Waltraute

Fiona Kimm

Grimgerde

Claudia Huckle

Schwertleite

Siegfried

Wagner’s unparalleled orchestral scene-painting reaches new heights in Siegfried. The youthful hero, fearless and free, forges an unbreakable sword from the shards of the weapon that belonged to his father, slays the dragon Fafner, seizes the ring from the dragon’s hoard, and braves a ring of magic fire that encircles the sleeping maiden, Brünnhilde, whom he awakens to love.

“Transcendent”

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The Arts Desk

Cast

Lars Cleveman

Siegfried

Katherine Broderick

Brünnhilde

Richard Roberts

Mime

Béla Perencz

Wanderer

Jo Pohlheim

Alberich

Mats Almgren

Fafner

Jeni Bern

Woodbird

Claudia Huckle

Erda

Götterdämmerung

In the overwhelming conclusion of the cycle, the all-consuming love of Siegfried and Brünnhilde is broken in bitter betrayal; the machinations of Hagen, son of Alberich, seal Siegfried’s doom; and Brünnhilde’s self-sacrifice precipitates the end of the old world order and the beginning of a new era. The musical and dramatic power of Götterdämmerung is awe-inspiring – sweeping us from Siegfried’s Rhine Journey to his Funeral March, and, finally, to Brünnhilde’s immolation and the work’s titanic orchestral climax.

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“A tremendous achievement”

The Daily Telegraph

Cast

Kelly Cae Hogan

Brünnhilde

Mati Turi

Siegfried

Mats Almgren

Hagen

Giselle Allen

Gutrune

Andrew Foster-Williams

Gunther

Susan Bickley

Waltraute

Jo Pohlheim

Alberich

Fiona Kimm

First Norn

Heather Shipp

Second Norn

Lee Bisset

Third Norn

Jeni Bern

Woglinde

Madeleine Shaw

Wellgunde

Sarah Castle

Flosshilde

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