Watch now (on demand): The Ring Cycle Complete (Jonathan Dove and Graham Vick's 1990s reduced version) approx 9 hours

Written By The Wagnerian on Wednesday, 30 November 2011 | 1:49:00 am

There have, and continue to be, attempts to make productions of the Ring "manageable" for smaller opera groups (and more "accessible" to people new to the Ring in performance)

In 1990 Jonathan Dove and Graham Vick' made one of the more famous attempts in their "Ring Saga" reducing the entire cycle to approximately 9 hours and reducing Wagner's orchestra of 110 musicians to 18. Originally, if my memory serves, written for Birmingham City Touring Opera, it has been performed by a number of different groups (including Longborough Festival Opera where it was performed as their first Ring Cycle). Presently, it is on tour in a production by Peter Rundel and Antoine Gindt across Europe. You can, should so wish, catch it this week at Grand Théâtre, Luxembourg beginning this Friday with  Rheingold (more, including tickets here)

However, should you be unable to catch it this run you can watch the entire cycle below courtesy of ARTE.TV (Available for the next four months). While I have not had chance to watch all of it - in my haste to get it to you - I can say, having viewed snippets,  that I have been pleasantly surprised with what I have seen and head so far. Recommended. Enjoy. 


DAS RHEINGOLD


WOGLINDE Mélody Louledjian
WELLGUNDE Jihye Son
FLOSSHILDE, ERDA Louise Callinan
FREIA Donatienne Michel-Dansac
FRICKA Nora Petro Enko
LOGE Fabrice Dalis
ALBERICH Lionel Peintre
FAFNER Johannes Schmidt
FASOLT Martin Blasius
DONNER Alexander Knop
WOTAN Ivan Ludlow





DIE WALKÜRE


SIEGMUND Marc Haffner
SIEGLINDE Jihye Son
HUNDING Martin Blasius
BRÜNNHILDE Cécile de Boever
WOTAN Ivan Ludlow
FRICKA, HELMWIGE Nora Petro Enko
GERHILDE Mélody Louledjian
WALTRAUTE Louise Callinan
ROSSWEISSE Louise Callinan




SIEGFRIED


SIEGFRIED Jeff Martin
ALBERICH Lionel Peintre
MIME Fabrice Dalis
BRÜNNHILDE Cécile de Boever
DER WANDERER Ivan Ludlow
FAFNER Johannes Schmidt
DER WALDVOGEL Mélody Louledjian
ERDA Louise Callinan




GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG


HAGEN Johannes Schmidt
GUNTHER Alexander Knop
GUTRUNE Donatienne Michel-Dansac
ALBERICH Lionel Peintre
SIEGFRIED Jeff Martin
BRÜNNHILDE Cécile de Boever
WOGLINDE Mélody Louledjian
WALTRAUTE, FLOSSHILDE Louise Callinan
WELLGUNDE Jihye Son