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Washington National Opera
Richard Wagner's

The Ring

April 30-May 22, 2016

Directed by WNO Artistic Director Francesca Zambello
Conducted by WNO Music Director Philippe Auguin

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The Rhinegold

The Rhinegold, photo by Karin Cooper/Washington National OperaFrom gold stolen from the Rhinemaidens, the dwarf Alberich forges a magical but cursed Ring that will be sought by everyone, from giants to Wotan, lord of the Gods.

Fricka – Elizabeth Bishop
Loge – William Burden
Alberich – Gordon Hawkins
Mime – David Cangelosi
Wotan – Alan Held
Fafner – Soloman Howard
Fasolt – Julian Close

The Valkyrie

The Valkyrie, photo by Cory Weaver/San Francisco OperaA forbidden love between Siegmund and Sieglinde leads to a conflict between Wotan and his Valkyrie daughter Brünnhilde, whose punishment is to sleep atop a mountain within a circle of fire until awakened only by the greatest hero.

Brünnhilde (Cycles I/II) – Catherine Foster
Brünnhilde (Cycle III) – Nina Stemme
Sieglinde – Meagan Miller
Fricka – Elizabeth Bishop
Siegmund – Christopher Ventris
Wotan – Alan Held
Hunding – Raymond Aceto


Siegfried, photo by Karin Cooper/Washington National OperaSiegmund and Sieglinde’s son Siegfried escapes from the clutches of his caretaker Mime, re-forges the sword of his father, slays a dragon, and awakens the sleeping Brünnhilde with whom he falls in love.

Brünnhilde (Cycles I/II) – Catherine Foster
Brünnhilde (Cycle III) – Nina Stemme
Siegfried – Daniel Brenna
Erda – Lindsay Ammann
Mime – David Cangelosi
The Wanderer – Alan Held
Alberich – Gordon Hawkins

Twilight of the Gods

Twilight of the Gods, photo by Cory Weaver/San Francisco OperaThe curse comes full circle as Siegfried is murdered and Brünnhilde sacrifices herself to destroy the Ring and return the gold to the Rhine, bringing an end to the time of the Gods but allowing the world to be purified and reborn.

Brünnhilde (Cycles I/II) – Catherine Foster
Brünnhilde (Cycle III) – Nina Stemme
Gutrune – Melissa Citro
Waltraute – Jamie Barton
Siegfried –Daniel Brenna
Gunther – Ryan McKinny
Alberich – Gordon Hawkins
Hagen – Eric Halfvarson


Cycle I Cycle II Cycle III
Ring: The Rhinegold Apr 30 May 10 May 17
Ring: The Valkyrie May 2 May 11 May 18
Ring: Siegfried May 4 May 13 May 20
Ring: Twilight of the Gods May 6 May 15 May 22