Dallas Symphony Orchestra performs Wagner’s “Ring” – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
The Valkyries will land in Dallas when the Dallas Symphony Orchestra presents the complete Richard Wagner The Ring of the Nibelungs as a series of opera-concerts in 2024.
“As you know, Wagner’s operas are of the utmost importance to the operatic repertoire, but operas rarely have the chance to be performed in their entirety in the orchestral world,” said Kim Noltemy, president and conductor of the conductor of the orchestra, Ross Perot, at an event. announcing the project.
The Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO) is the first American orchestra to perform the entire Ring concert cycle in recent history.
“I think this is a historic moment for the DSO and for the musical world in the United States,” said Fabio Luisi, Music Director of the Louise W. & Edmund J. Kahn Orchestra.
Wagner completed the epic musical drama in 1874. The work consists of four operas: Das Reingold, Die Walküre, Siegfried and Götterdammerung. Each opera can be performed separately, but Wagner wanted them to be performed together as a series. The plot centers around an almighty magic ring and the mythical gods who desire it.
The orchestra will perform the individual operas in May and October 2024. From October 13 to 20, 2024, the orchestra will present the complete Ring cycle, the lyrical equivalent of binge-watching a favorite epic fantasy movie series.
The DSO’s opera-concert series strips the theatrical spectacle, focusing on the music.
“What we are doing is putting the orchestra at the center of this project,” Luisi said. “I am so pleased to be able to present as conductor the Dallas Symphony Orchestra at the Ring cycle in its entirety.
Luisi won his first Grammy Award for conducting the last two operas of the Ring cycle for the Metropolitan Opera and he has also conducted three complete Ring cycles in Dresden 2006-2008.
“I know and feel how important this work is for a musician’s musical and personal development,” Luisi said. “This work has played a huge role in my personal development as a conductor, as a musician and I think I should share this experience with my musicians in the orchestra.”
Production planning for the DSO began two years ago.
“The preparation is very intense for this kind of work,” Luisi said. “Of course, we’re talking almost 20 hours of music.”
Assembling the right cast was Luisi’s top priority.
“You don’t just need voices; you need the right characters for that, and you need to have a real spiritual and personal union between the singers who sing the roles and the roles themselves,” Luisi said.
Luisi is happy to have secured his first choice for two important advances. American soprano Lise Lindstrom will play Brünnhilde and American bass-baritone will sing the role of Wotan. The two singers have worked with Luisi on other projects and they joined the announcement event via Zoom.
Lindstrom recently sang the role of Brünnhilde at the Hamburg Staatsoper, conducted by Kent Nagano.
“It’s just the best role there is as far as I’m concerned,” Lindstrom said. “I sing a lot of murderous women and it’s kind of refreshing to sing the heroine. It’s one of the best journeys you can take as an artist.
Delavan played Wotan in the 2012/2013 Metropolitan Opera production of Ring cycle when Luisi directed it.
“It’s a hugely satisfying experience no matter how you do it,” Delavan said. “Whether we stage it in concert or stage it on the moon, Wagner’s work Ring the cycle transcends everything.
Lindstrom relishes the opportunity to explore the characters in depth over three performances.
“It’s like Shakespeare on steroids because it’s such a long project,” Lindstrom said. “Characters evolve throughout a character’s life, so you see Brünnhilde from her teenage years to her womanhood and through this incredible evolution of facets of her personality.”
the Ring cycle is the continuation of Luisi’s artistic plan for the orchestra to perform the opera. The orchestra recently performed Strauss’ Salome and Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin. The orchestra comes out Eugene Onegin as a concert video as part of the DSO’s Next Stage digital concert series.
The orchestra plans to leave The Ring of the Nibelungs in the same concert video format as Eugene Onegin in January 2025, forever capturing the orchestra’s epic artistic endeavor.
“It’s quite an Everest to climb,” Lindstrom said.
Learn more: https://www.dallassymphony.org/