Richard Wagner

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A knight’s tale: Brindley Sherratt on the stamina and storytelling of Wagner’s Parsifal
The bass is singing Gurnemanz in Wagner’s epic final opera. How do you get to grips with the challenges of such a demanding role – and still not get the best dressing room?

Brindley Sherratt

15, Jun, 2022 @9:00 AM

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Parsifal review – the shimmering beauty of Wagner’s score shines
Richard Farnes and the Opera North orchestra take centre stage in Sam Brown’s staging of Wagner’s final opera, with Brindley Sherratt a compelling Gurnemanz and Toby Spence a thoughtful lead

Andrew Clements

02, Jun, 2022 @1:57 PM

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Siegfried review – heft and heroics as Longborough again proves its Wagner chops
With a strong cast including Bradley Daley, Paul Carey Jones’s Wotan and Julieth Lozano’s delightful Woodbird, any weaknesses in the staging were more than compensated for

Rian Evans

31, May, 2022 @2:37 PM

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The Valkyrie review – a striking, uneven start to ENO’s Ring cycle
Director Richard Jones brings magic-realist noir to Wagner’s world – with results that range from poignant to distracting

Tim Ashley

21, Nov, 2021 @1:29 PM

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‘About as big as it gets’: behind the scenes of Wagner’s The Valkyrie at English National Opera
ENO returns to live performances this season with a bold, ambitious choice: Wagner’s The Valkyrie. At the technical rehearsal we watched it take shape inside the Coliseum

Imogen Tilden, photographs by David Levene

18, Nov, 2021 @9:03 AM

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‘Feel the fear, then do it’: Wagner’s Ring cycle gets a bold Samoan rework
Productions of Wagner’s epic take years in the planning and execution, huge spaces and hundreds of people. How is a small arts collective performing all four operas in a Putney church, and how do a conch shell and a fire dance fit in?

Stephen Moss

28, Oct, 2021 @6:00 AM

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My Tristan und Isolde follows every move in Lehnhoff’s staging | Letter
Letters: Daniel Dooner on his semi-staging of the Wagner opera at Glydebourne closely following Nikolaus Lehnhoff’s production


20, Aug, 2021 @12:39 PM

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Glyndebourne Tristan und Isolde review – Ticciati impresses in pared back Wagner
Fine conducting by Robin Ticciati and superb playing by the London Philharmonic Orchestra lift this semi-staged Wagner

Martin Kettle

16, Aug, 2021 @9:58 AM

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Longborough festival opera Die Walküre review – Covid constraints achieve intimacy and intensity
A concert staging for the second opera in Wagner’s Ring Cycle brought bonuses from a stellar cast and the profound musicianship of Anthony Negus

Rian Evans

02, Jun, 2021 @12:03 PM

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Rein Gold by Elfriede Jelinek review – a wearying Wagner update
The Nobel prize-winning writer turns the Ring cycle drama into a grim dialogue about capitalism’s perils

Peter Conrad

28, Feb, 2021 @9:00 AM

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ENO announces bold plan to stage Ring Cycle from the autumn
Richard Wagner’s four-part opera epic will play at London’s Coliseum over several years

Mark Brown Arts correspondent

24, Feb, 2021 @7:01 AM

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From the sublime to the ridiculous: our critics best and worst of Wagner's Ring Cycle
Ahead of Radio 3’s broadcast of all four operas, we asked our writers which moments of the epic they love the most – and which they hope to never hear again

Tim Ashley, Andrew Clements, Rian Evans, Erica Jeal, Martin Kettle, Fiona Maddocks, Stephen Moss, Rowena Smith and Flora Willson

15, Feb, 2021 @12:01 PM

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