Houston Grand Opera to stage its first Ring cycle starting 2013-2014 season

Written By The Wagnerian on Saturday, 19 January 2013 | 11:00:00 pm

Houston Grand Opera has announced that they will be presenting the Valencia Ring over four consecutive seasons starting with Rheingold during 2013-2014. This will be HGO's first ring cycle and also the first time Fura dels Baus ring cycle will have been performed in the USA.

Discussing the upcoming season, HGO Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers explains, “Naturally, to me, the most exciting event next season is our production of Das Rheingold, which launches the largest single endeavor in HGO's history, Richard Wagner's The Ring of the Nibelung. The cycle will be presented in succession, that is, one opera during each of the following three years"

Iain Paterson, making his house debut in his first performances as Wotan. Singing opposite him as Fricka is American mezzo Jamie Barton, an HGO Studio alumna and Metropolitan Opera National
Council Auditions winner. Slovak tenor Stefan Margita reprises the role of Loge he performed at San Francisco Opera. Patrick Summers, who made his Wagner debut in 2009 when
he led Lohengrin at HGO will lead from the pit.