Wagner’s Ring Cycle comes to Fulham
Final rehearsals are now underway for the culmination of The Fulham Ring. In an audacious undertaking, Fulham Opera, London’s smallest professional opera company, have been tackling Wagner’s Ring Cycle since 2011 and the company have now reached the point where all four acclaimed productions will be mounted as two complete cycles in February 2014. Fully staged and once again performed in St John’s Church (North End Road, Fulham, London, SW6 1PB) with just a piano for accompaniment, enhanced by flute, french horns and harp, the performances will be in the original German with surtitles.
The casts consist of seasoned and emerging Wagner performers from across the globe: America, Australia, Canada, France, Greece, and Sweden are represented as well as the four corners of the British Isles. Wagner’s mythical action has been updated to the very near future, and during the course of The Fulham Ring the Gods move from Dallas, to Hollywood, to a secluded Amish community before finally arriving at the Gibich’s seat of power, Washington.
Now this journey of power, corruption, and decay can be seen in its purest dramatic form over the course of a week. Discussing the relevance of this ambitious project, Artistic Director Ben Woodward said: “The Ring Cycle is the ultimate challenge for any opera company. Throughout The Fulham Ring we have explored our common humanity through Wagner’s extraordinary work, embodying themes of love, power, jealousy and revenge. Presenting the piece in an intimate setting, primarily with piano accompaniment enables us to personalise this operatic epic, revealing the universality at the very heart of the story.”
Das Rheingold ‐ Sunday 9th February 7.30pm
Die Walküre ‐ Tuesday 11th February 6pm
Siegfried ‐ Wednesday 12th February 6pm
Götterdämmerung ‐ Sunday 16th February 5pm
Tickets: £100 Full Cycle or £30 (£25 conc) per opera
Das Rheingold ‐ Sunday 23rd February 7.30pm
Die Walküre ‐ Tuesday 25th February 6pm
Siegfried ‐ Friday 28th February 6pm
Götterdämmerung ‐ Sunday 2nd March 5pm Tickets: £100 Full Cycle or £30 (£25 conc) per opera
Fulham Opera Box Office & Public Enquiries: 07527 319 629