Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Goodbye, Robert Lepage, Hello, Richard Jones!

Interior of The Coliseum, London
November, 2019
Photo by Lisa Hirsch

The English National Opera is launching a new Ring production, directed by Richard Jones and conducted by Martyn Brabbins . We've seen a couple of Richard Jones stagings in SF, a superb and well traveled Hansel und Gretel and a somewhat less successful Queen of Spades. They're starting out this fall -- they hope -- with The Valkyrie, with Rheingold, Siegfried, and Twilight of the Gods to follow. 

There's going to be a new translation, by John Deathridge. The previous production, of which I saw The Valkyrie in 2004, used a Jeremy Sams translation that I didn't like one bit. I am puzzled at why this revival doesn't use Andrew Porter's magnificent singing translation from the 1970s, but whatever.

I don't see any casting details on the ENO web site, but let me quote from the announcement:

English National Opera (ENO) is to bring Wagner’s Ring Cycle to the London Coliseum, starting with The Valkyrie this Autumn, subject to any further lockdown restrictions. Directed by the award-winning Richard Jones, and marking the first time in more than 15 years since ENO last staged The Ring, all four parts of The Ring Cycle will be staged at the London Coliseum over five years. Rhinegold will premiere in 2022/23 followed by a reprise of The Valkyrie, and new productions of Siegfried and Twilight of the Gods in 2024 and 2025 consecutively. The Metropolitan Opera is co-producing.

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