"Inside The RIng": month long Wagner festival. UK 2013

Written By The Wagnerian on Saturday, 27 October 2012 | 4:25:00 am

As London closes its Wagner 200 events, the interested UK (and international) "Ring Follower" need not worry as a further series of events of no less a quality will begin in the Cotswolds. Truncated details below. Each set of events will appear during the noted LFO Ring Cycle. For full details - and booking information - please visit "Inside The Ring" at the Wagner Society's website.



A programme of events exploring aspects
of Wagner's masterpiece alongside
performances of The Ring by
Longborough Festival Opera
MASTERCLASSES, OPEN REHEARSAL, LECTURES, LIVE PERFORMANCEFILM
June 17-July 11 2013
St. George's Hall, Blockley, Moreton-in-Marsh, Glos. GL56 9BY
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR DAVID EDWARDS
PRESENTED BY THE MASTERSINGERS
IN ASSOCIATION WITH
LONGBOROUGH FESTIVAL OPERA
 WITH GENEROUS SUPPORT FROM
THE WAGNER SOCIETY


Cycle 1


JUNE 17 EVENT 1 

5PM MICHAEL PORTILLO'S RING The famous broadcaster's film on Wagner's epic and how its meaning inspires and impacts in the modern world. With a specially recorded preface for this Festival. 90 minutes 

7PM WAGNER'S ELEMENTS David Edwards and LFO young singers illustrate the themes of Earth, Air, Fire and Water that feature predominantly in the RING cycle. Richard Black piano 90 minutes 

JUNE 19 EVENT 2 

5PM REHEARSING THE RING Carmen Jakobi, LFO's Assistant Director, takes a rehearsal with understudies for the RING and demonstrates how the rehearsal process prepares singers to "jump in" 90 minutes 

7PM MARTIN & LIZZIE GRAHAM talk to Alan Rusbridger, editor of The Guardian, about their passion for Wagner and how they built up Longborough Festival Opera over many years. 90 minutes 

JUNE 21 EVENT 3 

5PM PROFESSOR BRYAN MAGEE in 

conversation with Alan Rusbridger. The U.K/s pre-eminent philosopher and Wagner enthusiast discusses the composer's thought and music. 90 minutes 

7PM GWYNNE HOWELL The veteran British bass has sung no fewer than 12 different Wagner roles. He discusses his distinguished career and coaches young singers on this taxing repertoire. 90 minutes




Cycle 2

JUNE 27 EVENT 4 

5PM MASTERCLASS with DAME ANNE EVANS 
The charismatic and celebrated British soprano coaches four young Wagner singers and gives a fascinating insight into the way singers must develop voice and character simultaneously in this demanding  repertoire. 
Richard Black piano. 3 hours, including interval 

JUNE 29 EVENTS 5

5PM ANTHONY NEGUS and THE MUSIC OF THE  RING 
LFO'S acclaimed Music Director talks about his passion for Wagner and how he approaches conducting this mighty work. 90 minutes 

7PM THE MERRY NIBELUNGS Rare opportunity to hear highlights from Oscar Strauss' 1904 operetta -which follows the Norse legend much more closely than Wagner's version. LFO singers. Richard Black piano Malcolm Rivers narrator 90 minutes 

JULY 1 EVENT 6 

5PM MIKE ASHMAN - RINGS OF THE WORLD 

The renowned director and writer gives his personal survey of productions of the cycle in modern times. The RING has inspired controversy among audiences for so long - how and why? 90 minutes 

7PM TONY PALMER - THE WAGNER FAMILY The 

famous filmmaker introduces his film examining sensitive political and familial relations between Bayreuth and Germany in the 1930s and beyond. Post-showing audience discussion. 2 hours



CYCLE 3 


JULY 7 EVENT 7 

5PM MASTERCLASS with tenor KIM BEGLEY 

This distinguished British singer shares his knowledge with the next generation of tenors.
Richard Black piano 90 minutes Subject to confirmation 

7PM WAGNER AND LISZT EXPLORED -JULIAN JACOBSON The virtuoso pianist examines the close relationship between two musical giants with illustrations at the keyboard. 90 minutes 

JULY 9 EVENT 8 

5PM BARRY MILLINGTON The eminent Wagner scholar gives an illustrated presentation on the RING, its origin and meaning and talks about his new book The Sorcerer of Bayreuth. 90 minutes 

7PM TONY PALMER introduces SILENT WAGNER, a remarkable film made by Carl Frohlich in 1913. A rare document made when Cosima Wagner was still in charge at Bayreuth. 90 minutes 

JULY 11 EVENT 9 

5PM BREAKING THE RING 
David Edwards and LFO singers explore the 11 year creative  divide in the composition of the RING. 
Richard Black piano 90 minutes 

7PM PROFESSOR JOHN DEATHRIDGE -ENDING THE RING The great Wagner expert, scholar, and celebrated author looks at the composition of GOTTERDAMMERUNG and how the RING concludes in a surprising way. 90 minutes