NEW! Saffron Opera Group to Perform Wagner’s Ring Starting in January 2016

18/11/2015

Saffron Opera Group to perform Wagner’s Ring Cycle

A heroic project of extraordinary ambition is soon to be realized when Saffron Opera Group performs Wagner’s Ring Cycle in Saffron Hall.

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The cycle comprises four operas which tell the epic story of a cursed golden ring which sucks gods, dwarves and humans into the destructive vortex of its power. Beginning on 17 January 2016 with Das Rheingold, the series of concert performances continues with Die Walküre (October 2016), Siegfried (February 2017), and Götterdämmerung (September 2017).

For further information visit the Saffron Hall website (click here).

Saffron Opera Group, founded by Saffron Walden residents Francis Lambert and Paul Garland in 2014, has already gained spectacular reviews for its performances, which involve acclaimed professional soloists, a fine orchestra, and an invitation chorus. Their performance of Wagner’s hugely demanding Die Meistersinger was described by Michael Tanner in Opera Magazine as ‘a triumph. I can hardly believe it… it succeeded overwhelmingly in conveying the spirit of Wagner’s masterpiece.’

The Ring performances are conducted by Wagner expert Michael Thorne, whose account of  Die Meistersinger was praised by Seen and Heard International as ‘totally at one with the spirit of the work’. They also include a dazzling company of acclaimed international singers in the principal roles. In the first instalment, Royal Opera principal Jeremy White sings chief god Wotan, and Nicholas Folwell is his villainous antagonist Alberich. ‘Folwell’s brutish Alberich is magnificent – his curse is the best bit of sustained Wagnerian fury I’ve heard in years.’ (Richard Morrison, The Times.)

Fast-rising young Canadian tenor Adam Tunnicliffe was a dazzling Tom Rakewell in SOG’s The Rake’s Progress. (‘Surely the most gifted and interesting young opera singer now before the public’ wrote Michael Tanner in Opera.) He returns to sing Froh, the god of spring: ‘It’s a privilege to be involved with first rate singers in a superb venue… it’s a great platform,’ he says.

Deborah Humble is Erda, the earth goddess. Of her Naxos recording of the role, voix-des-arts.com wrote that she displayed ‘troves of rich, burnished tone and unerring dramatic instincts.’ Julian Close, currently singing at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, is the giant Fasolt. He reprises the role for Washington National Opera in April. Internationally acclaimed dramatic soprano Elaine McKrill sings Wotan’s daughter Brünnhilde in later instalments of the cycle.

The Saffron Opera Group Orchestra which so impressed critics and audiences in Die Meistersinger will be expanded to over a hundred players to create one of the largest ensembles ever heard in Saffron Hall. There will be seven harps, four Wagner tubas, and even several anvils (whose metallic clanging is used to accompany Wotan’s descent into a hellish underground forge.)

Veteran Wagnerians have already fallen under SOG’s spell. Jim Pritchard, former Chair of The Wagner Society UK, wrote of Die Meistersinger ‘it was something I felt lucky to hear, and will never forget.’ With this Ring, the magic continues.

DAS RHEINGOLD – CAST 

GODS

Jeremy White – Wotan
Stephen Rooke – Loge
Sarah Pring – Fricka
Inga-Britt Andersson – Freia
Toby Girling – Donner
Adam Tunnicliffe – Froh
Deborah Humble – Erda

NIBELUNGS

Nicholas Folwell – Alberich
Richard Roberts – Mime

GIANTS

Julian Close – Fasolt
Donald Thomson – Fafner

RHEINMAIDENS

Gail Pearson – Woglinde
Victoria Simmonds – Wellgunde
Niamh Kelly – Floßhilde 

Comments

Comments

  1. allan mays says:

    fabulous,fabulous afternoon,cant wait for Die Walkure,please keep this up congratulations to all concerned at your wonderful venue.

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