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music director Ben Woodward introduces the beginning of Regents Opera’s new Ring Cycle


Das Rheingold - Regents Opera

On 13 November 2022, Regents Opera will carry out Wagner’s Das Rheingold within the Freemasons Corridor in Nice Queen Road, carried out by Ben Woodward and directed by Caroline Stanton, the primary of a yearly instalment of the Ring Cycle which culminates in two full cycles in 2024.

Regents Opera was shaped in 2020 from the amalgamation of Regents Opera and Fulham Opera, and from 2011 to 2014, Fulham Opera put collectively an progressive staged Ring Cycle that gained 5* opinions, performing two full Ring Cycles in 2014 with accompaniment from 4 horns, flute, harp, and 4 fingers on the piano, all with Ben Woodward as musical director.

Right here Ben introduces the brand new Ring Cycle mission:

I have been, as soon as once more, drawn to Wagner’s Ring Cycle, such that it’s going to attain its fiery conclusion a shade over 10 years after we did the final one.  When Fulham Opera did the Ring in 2011-14, it was primarily with my 10 fingers on the piano; I added a flute and a horn for Siegfried, and for Götterdämmerung, we added 4 horns, the identical flautist and a harp, and my assistant and I performed a few of it as a piano duet – Siegfried’s Funeral March and the Immolation particularly.

A lot although I might like to have all 100 of Wagner’s orchestral items, that is neither life like with out an orchestra pit nor an enormous funds, so I’ve spent an enormous variety of hours for the reason that 2020 lockdown rearranging the entire Ring Cycle for 18 items (1.1.1.1./2.1.1./2.2.2.2.1 plus an additional horn bumper), which, once we came upon we had been utilizing the Freemasons’ Corridor, I’ve added the organ to as nicely.  It has been an enormous endeavor, taking lots of of hours at my iMac in my workplace within the roof of our condo in Berlin, placing the entire notes, long-hand, into Dorico.

We have been vastly fortunate to have discovered companions within the Freemasons, and the usage of the Freemasons’ Grand Temple proper within the coronary heart of Covent Backyard, which is simply probably the most extraordinary venue.  The character of the venue signifies that we’re taking part in the entire thing nearly within the spherical – particularly on three sides, with the orchestra on the fourth.  I do not know if this would be the first ever Ring Cycle within the spherical, however it’s actually going to be fairly totally different from both of the opposite Ring Cycles occurring on the (extraordinarily close by) opera homes.

The in-the-round staging has meant that the duty for the singers has been fairly totally different; as I write this, two weeks of rehearsals have occurred and, as you do not have to “cheat out” conversations, such as you do in a proscenium arch setting, the relationships between the characters have develop into way more intense, as they merely work together with one another in a really actual style, and the viewers observes, wanting in.  So, a lot as Fulham Opera (now Regents Opera)’s performances so far have been described as “visceral”, and notably particular due to the up-close-and-personal nature of the singers, so this may really feel, within the a lot greater setting of the Freemasons’ Corridor.  We’re so fortunate to have the ability to use this area, however in a approach, it subsequently seems like fairly a pure up-scaling of our product!

As soon as once more, I’m thrilled with my casting of the entire Ring Cycle, which is led the primary three operas by Keel Watson.  Keel has been our Falstaff, Dutchman, King Philip, Hans Sachs, in addition to Barak and Baron Ochs in orchestral weekends of Frau ohne Schatten and Der Rosenkavalier and has completely been certainly one of our biggest belongings and supporters since 2014.  Keel is completely residing and loving the position of Wotan.  He has completed Fasolt numerous instances in his profession, together with lately within the Graham Vick Birmingham manufacturing, and now, lastly he will get to offer his Wotan.  He is such an expressive singer, with a voice that may do something.

The remainder of the Rheingold solid are each worldwide and in addition from fairly various backgrounds and walks of life.  I’ve obtained a number of singers becoming a member of from Berlin; Jillian Finnamore as Woglinde, Calvin Lee as Froh and Craig Lemont Walters as Fafner, in addition to Holden Madagame, who additionally describes himself as a trans ambassador, who’s singing the position of Mime.  There’s a man who was completely born for the stage, such is the enjoyment that radiates off him, even when being crushed to smithereens by Alberich.

Ollie Gibbs certainly one of two solid members who return from the 2014 Fulham Ring, the opposite will probably be Philip Modinos as Siegfried, who will now add the elder Götterdämmerung Siegfried to his repertoire.

I appear to spend about as a lot time elevating funding as I do doing something musical for this mission!  I am thrilled that I’ve discovered the funding such that this can be a totally skilled manufacturing paid at equal charges to Opera Holland Park, and the entire orchestra are on full skilled charge – they should be, as their elements, amalgamated from these of so many extra gamers, are a lot harder!

I met director Caroline Staunton in Berlin.  She is a employees director on the Staatsoper there, and in addition runs a pop-up opera enterprise.  In October 2020, I obtained a name asking me to play for an opera night in a wine bar that she was curating and directing.  This was no aria evening.  This was a rigorously chosen set of scenes with a thread operating by means of it with some astonishing singers – a number of younger artists from the Staatsoper, in addition to among the freelance Berlin people.  Caroline and I bonded over many, many beers, and have become agency pals, and, as we did extra of those opera evenings, it grew to become overwhelmingly clear to me how sensible she is.  When the Berlin lockdown was in full drive, we managed to spend a number of Sunday afternoons with a pair of singers, a soprano and a tenor, figuring out some scenes, simply to maintain alive our love of the artwork kind, while every part was shut down.

She has simply completed helping Dimitri Tcherniakov on the Berlin Staatsoper’s Ring Cycle, and shortly earlier than that, co-directed Tannhäuser on the Hamburg Staatsoper.  She’s the actual deal.  I am so happy I’ve managed to snap her up and persuade her to do that mad mission.

Regents Opera presents Das Rheingold on 13, 17 and 19 November 2022, full particulars from TicketSource

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