The first two installments of director Robert Lepage’s highly anticipated new production of Wagner’s epic Der Ring des Nibelungen, with stagings of Das Rheingold and Die Walküre, will bookend the Metropolitan Opera’s next season.
On September 27, Maestro James Levine will conduct the gala premiere of Wagner’s Das Rheingold with Bryn Terfel as Wotan, the king of the gods, for the first time at the Met. The stellar cast will also include Stephanie Blythe as Fricka and Eric Owens as Alberich.
Known for his visually stunning and technologically advanced theater works, Lepage made his Met debut in 2008 with Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust.
“The Ring is about change,” director Lepage says. “I try to be extremely respectful of Wagner's storytelling, but in a very modern context. We're trying to see how in our day and age we can tell this classical story in the most complete way.”
Die Walküre, the second part of Wagner's Ring cycle, will come at the close of the Met’s season on April 22, 2011. Levine will conduct a star cast that includes Deborah Voigt in her first Met Brünnhilde, Eva-Maria Westbroek in her Met debut as Sieglinde and Stephanie Blythe as Fricka.
Lepage's production team for the Ring includes Ex Machina’s set designer Carl Fillion, costume designer François St.-Aubin, and lighting designer Étienne Boucher, the latter two in their Met debuts.
In what has become a Met tradition, the opening night performance will be transmitted live to large outdoor screens in Times Square and at Lincoln Center, which the public can attend for free.
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