For artists and audiences alike, Richard Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen is one of the most challenging experiences an opera house can offer. In the opinion of many it is also the greatest: its epic scale, momentous themes, the sweep of its ideas and its tumultuous history make it an awesome project for all concerned.
This account of The Royal Opera’s first Ring of the 21st century is a unique document. Unprecedented access to every stage of the production has produced stunning photographs, from the processes of its creation to the final staging. The magnificent cast of singers – including Bryn Terfel in his stage debut as Wotan, alongside seasoned Wagnerians John Tomlinson, Plácido Domingo and Waltraud Meier – give an insight into the joys and difficulties of performance.
In a series of detailed interviews conductor Antonio Pappano, director Keith Warner and designers Stefanos Lazaridis and Marie-Jeanne Lecca reveal what Wagner means to them and describe how their Ring was created.
Author: Gary Kahn
Photographs: Clive Barda
Design: Jason Beard
Paperback: 288 pages
Published: 24 Sep 2012