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Der Ring des Nibelungen

Wagner's epic masterpiece: More than 15 unforgettable hours of music and passion in a dramatic performance for the concert hall.

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Das Rheingold

Das Rheingold

The Ring begins with music that evokes the very dawn of time. From this moment we are plunged into the watery twilight beneath the river Rhine, transported to misty mountain-tops and to the depths of gloomy Nibelheim, before crossing the rainbow bridge that leads to Valhalla, fortress home of the gods. Set in a world populated by dwarfs and giants, gods and river-maidens, Wagner’s ‘preliminary evening’ to the Ring sets the whole epic cycle in motion in thrilling fashion.

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‘Beg, borrow, or be like Wotan and steal a ticket for this show’

Richard Morrison, The Times

Die Walküre

Die Walküre

In Die Walküre, it is human emotion that takes centre stage. The musical highlights are many: ‘Winterstürme’, Siegmund’s hymn of praise to the coming of spring and the awakening of love; the Ride of the Valkyries; the Magic Fire music. Above all, there is the great confrontation between the god Wotan and his favourite daughter, Brünnhilde – the Valkyrie of the title – who love each other deeply, yet whose relationship has been irreparably broken by her disobedience.

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‘You'd be lucky to hear as good at Bayreuth’

Rupert Christiansen, Daily Telegraph



Wagner’s unparalleled orchestral scene-painting reaches new heights in Siegfried. The youthful hero, fearless and free, forges an unbreakable sword from the shards of the weapon that belonged to his father, slays the dragon Fafner, seizes the ring from the dragon’s hoard, and braves a ring of magic fire that encircles the sleeping maiden, Brünnhilde, whom he awakens to love.

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In the overwhelming conclusion of the cycle, the all-consuming love of Siegfried and Brünnhilde is broken in bitter betrayal; the machinations of Hagen, son of Alberich, seal Siegfried’s doom; and Brünnhilde’s self-sacrifice precipitates the end of the old world order and the beginning of a new era. The musical and dramatic power of Götterdämmerung is awe-inspiring – sweeping us from Siegfried’s Rhine Journey to his Funeral March, and, finally, to Brünnhilde’s immolation and the work’s titanic orchestral climax.

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‘A tremendous achievement’

Rupert Christiansen, The Daily Telegraph

Dates & venues

  Leeds interior

Leeds Town Hall – Cycle 1

Sat 23 April - Sat 21 May 2016

  Leeds interior

Leeds Town Hall – Cycle 2

Tue 24 May - Sun 29 May 2016

  Leeds int

Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham

Mon 6 June - Sat 11 June 2016

  Leeds int

The Lowry, Salford Quays

Mon 13 June - Sat 18 June 2016

  Leeds int

Southbank Centre, London

Tue 28 June - Sun 3 July 2016

  Leeds int

Sage Gateshead

Tue 5 July - Sun 10 July 2016

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Includes all Gold and Silver benefits:

  • Complimentary tickets for two to a full Ring cycle at a venue of your choice, including complimentary Programme
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  • VIP hospitality and complimentary dinner for the opening performance of Rheingold at any venue of your choice
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  • Guaranteed next best seats at any of our Ring venues (when you sign up by December 2015)
  • Personal booking service through your dedicated account manager
  • Invitation to dinner for the opening performance of Rheingold at any venue of your choice
  • Exclusive behind the scenes experiences with the cast and creative teams, including access to restricted rehearsals

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  • Guaranteed next best seats at any of our Ring venues (when you sign up by December 2015)
  • Complimentary VIP hospitality at any of our performance venues
  • Acknowledgment in the Ring Programme (guaranteed when you sign up by December 2015) and on the Opera North website
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Platinum Fellows

Marie Alexander | Mark and Clare Armour | John Booth Charitable Foundation | Patrick and Diana Dent | Viscount and Viscountess Eccles | Peter and Fiona Espenhahn | Howard Gatiss | Malcolm Herring | The Holbeck Charitable Trust | Francesca and Gordon Horsfield | Chairman of the Opera North Future Fund | Dr and Mrs Keith Howard | Michael and Sally Payton | Professor Keith and Mrs Elizabeth Rix | Lady Solti | Martin Staniforth | Andrew and Carol Wade | The Whitaker Charitable Trust


Gold Fellows

Professor Michael and Dr Elizabeth Arthur | Jenny Beverley | Julie Cockerham and Michael Emmott | Clive and Virginia Lloyd | Nicholas & Lindsay Merriman | Alison and Malcolm Thwaites | Richard and Julie Webb | And one anonymous donation


Silver Fellows

Mrs Irina Berger | Christopher and Lorna Bown | Nigel Bramley-Haworth | Ian S. Ferguson and Dr Susan Tranter | John Goodsir CBE | Hilary Hart | Henry and Sally Machin | Alan and Susan Mackintosh | Hugh and Eleanor Paget | Mrs Sally Roe | Sally Roe | Charles and Kate Spencer | Martin Spiers and Ellis Tinios | Mr and Mrs Peter Thompson | Tilda Yolland | And two anonymous donations

Ring Circle

Roger and Angela Allen | Mr Ed Anderson & Her Honour Judge Heather Anderson | Robin and Hilary Andrews | P.M. Arundel | Margaret Atack | Prof Anthony Berry | Jim and Jillian Bolland | Dr Roger Bolton | Terry Bond | Mrs Joan Boulton | Mrs Susan Braime | Elizabeth Bridges | Richard Brooks | Catherine Brophy | Mr and Mrs David Burn | Farrell Burnett | John Bywater | John and Mary Catton | Mr & Mrs A Coates | Dr Frances Cole and Dr Judith Hooper | William Connor | Dr Maggie Cooke | Jim Dalton | Lloyd and Sallie Davies | June and Tony Dobell | Nicholas Dobson | Stephen Dunthorne | Mr & Mrs John Eden | Amy Edwards | R & V J Ellis Furniture | Mr and Mrs J.S Emerson | Maureen Erskine | Chris Eves | David Fairer | John Farrar | Peter and Alex Farrell | Ian Fozard | Vivien Gibney | Michael Gover | Canon John Green | Mr Peter Hadden | Roland and Irene Hainsworth | Mr and Mrs A Halford | Allan and Judy Hardy | Brigadier David Hargreaves | Michael Harvey | Beth Pickles and Andrew Haynes | Kenneth Henderson | Lindsey and Geoffrey Hensman | Margaret and Reg Hindley | Peter Hord | Ruth Hutchison | Simon and Chris Ive | His Honour Richard Jenkins | James Joseph | Pamela and Geoffrey Kinder | Michael Knapp | Reverend Elizabeth Lee | Dr and Mrs Victor St Clair Logan | Ms Karin Lowson | Mrs Susan Macdonald | Alasdair Maclean | Carola Maddox | Fiona Mathers | Peter D McGuire | Mr. and Mrs. William Monroe | Howard Moss | David and Angela Moss | Howard and Lesley Perkins | Mike Piet | Richard Pumfrey | Eric Record | Tim Rhodes | Marion Riley | Professor A W and Dr Eva Robards | Alex Robertson | Dr G A Roy | David Salinger | Dr Colin Scales | John and Celia Scully | Mrs Mary Louise Smith | Richard and Deborah Smith | Brian Stanley | Colin Stray | Mr J Gordon Sykes | Richard Thompson | John and Dianne Ward | Irving and Valerie Warnett | Francis Watson | Doug Waugh | John Welham | Mr David Wharmby | Adrian and Carol Wilson | Ross and Andrea Woodward | A Woolley | And 44 anonymous donations

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Ticket availability update

Due to extremely high demand for the Ring, as of April 2016 there is limited ticket availability for performances:

  • Leeds cycle 1 - some availability
  • Leeds cycle 2 - returns only
  • Nottingham - some availability
  • The Lowry - very limited availability or returns
  • Southbank Centre - returns only
  • Sage Gateshead - returns only

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