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Wagner Circle

The Wagner Circle is a philanthropic initiative that brings together Wagner lovers for a series of exclusive events each Season. Whether stage-focused, musical or philosophical, these events serve to deepen our knowledge and enjoyment of the works of Richard Wagner, an extraordinary composer who captures the imagination like no other.

In the 2018-19 Season, the Wagner Circle will support Keith Warner’s revival of his stunning staging of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen under the baton of Maestro Antonio Pappano.

We would be delighted to involve you more deeply in The Royal Opera’s rich history of presenting remarkable Wagner productions.

To find out more about the Wagner Circle please contact David Brownlie-Marshall on +44 (0)20 7212 9448 or by email to

Wagner Circle Events 2018/19

Supporters will be warmly invited to the following:

Tuesday 18 September, 1pm
Götterdämmerung Sitzprobe rehearsal

In this rehearsal the artists will be seated at the front of the stage, in front of the safety curtain and will work through the score with the full orchestra. The conductor will focus on singing technique and balancing the orchestra.

Monday 24 September 2018, 7.30pm
Evening around a performance of Das Rheingold
Monday 1 October 2018, 4pm
Evening around a performance of Götterdämmerung

Supporters are invited to come together for pre-performance and interval receptions with a welcome from the creative team. Following the performances, celebrate with the international cast and members of The Royal Opera at an informal supper*.

Monday 22 October 2018, 7.30pm
An evening in the company of Nina Stemme and John Lundgren

An evening in a private London home in the company Nina Stemme and John Lundgren who are singing two of opera’s most famous roles, Brünnhilde and Wotan, in association with the Contemporary Music Circle.

Wednesday 27 February 2019
Gavin Higgins in discussion

A pre-performance discussion with the composer of The Monstrous Child*, a new opera drawing on characters from the Norse myths which inspired Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen. This will be followed by interval and post-performance receptions.

Wednesday 22 May 2019, 7.30pm
An evening with Marc Albrecht

An evening of discussion in a private home with the internationally acclaimed conductor, who will speak about his interpretations of Wagner and his wider career, ahead of conducting Modest Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov

*Access to rehearsals is at the discretion of The Royal Opera and the conductor and may change at short notice; alternative dates will be offered where possible.

If you have any questions regarding the 2018/19 Season Wagner Circle Events, please do contact David Brownlie-Marshall on +44 (0)207 212 9448 or by email to