Wagner's Ring Cycle

This project is generously supported by Mercedes T. Bass, Joanne Bober, Diane and Hal Brierley, Joe Hubach and Colleen O’Connor, Holly and Tom Mayer, The Eugene McDermott Foundation, The Morton H. Meyerson Family Foundation, Sarah Titus and Jean Ann Titus, and Kern and Marnie Wildenthal.

Overview

Beginning in May 2024, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Music Director Fabio Luisi (Louise W. & Edmund J. Kahn Music Directorship), will present an opera-in-concert version of Richard Wagner’s complete Der Ring des Nibelungen with internationally renowned singers. The Dallas Symphony is the first US orchestra to perform a full Ring cycle in concert in recent history.

“Performing opera-in-concert is part of my artistic plans at the DSO. Opera is an important part of the repertoire, and in addition, by presenting opera, we learn to listen closer and develop even further as an ensemble,” said Luisi. “We have performed both Salome and Eugene Onegin here in Dallas. Wagner’s Ring is a leap forward from those works in scale and complexity, but it is a project that will be beautiful and important for the orchestra and for the audiences.”

Luisi received his first GRAMMY® Award for his leadership of the last two operas of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen with The Metropolitan Opera. The Deutsche Grammophon DVD release of the full cycle recorded live, was named Best Opera Recording of 2012. Luisi’s work in opera is extensive, with nine years at the helm of the Zurich Opera and six years as Principal Guest Conductor of The Metropolitan Opera. Luisi also led three complete Ring cycles in Dresden (Semperoper) 2006-2008.

“We are thrilled to be able to present a project of this scale under the direction of Fabio Luisi,” said Noltemy. “Since the launch of his tenure, we have all witnessed a transformation of the sound of the orchestra. We are looking forward to welcoming opera-lovers from North Texas and from around the world to experience what we are building here at the DSO.”

The Dallas Symphony’s Ring cycle will be complemented with private dinners with cast members, lectures with cultural experts on Wagner and opera and invitations to rehearsals and views behind the scenes. These private events will be available only to supporters of the project. To learn more about becoming a supporter of the DSO’s Ring cycle, contact James Leffler, Vice President of Development at j.leffler@dalsym.com.  

The DSO’s performances of Wagner’s complete Der Ring des Nibelungen will also be recorded as part of the DSO’s Next Stage Digital Concert Series, Presented by PNC Bank. Video performances will be made available in January 2025 at watch.dallassymphony.org.

The DSO will perform the complete Ring Cycle in order across a single week of concerts.

Fabio Luisi conducts
Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center – Dallas, Texas

Das Rheingold
Sunday, October 13, 2024
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Die Walküre
Tuesday, October 15, 2024
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Siegfried
Thursday, October 17, 2024
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Götterdämmerung
Sunday, October 20, 2024
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As part of the project, each opera-in-concert will also be presented individually on the following dates.

Das Rheingold
Wednesday, May 1, 2024
Saturday, May 4, 2024

Die Walküre
Thursday, May 2, 2024
Sunday, May 5, 2024

Siegfried
Saturday, October 5, 2024

Götterdämmerung
Tuesday, October 8, 2024


FABIO LUISI MUSIC DIRECTOR LOUISE W. & EDMUND J. KAHN MUSIC DIRECTORSHIP

Fabio Luisi

Music Director

Louise W. & Edmund J. Kahn Music Directorship

GRAMMY® Award winner Fabio Luisi launched his tenure as Louise W. & Edmund J. Kahn Music Director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO) at the start of the 2020/21 season. In January 2021, the DSO and Luisi announced an extension of the Music Director contract through the 2028/29 season. A maestro of major international standing, the Italian conductor is set to embark on his fifth season as Principal Conductor of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, and in September 2022 will assume the role of Principal Conductor of the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo. He previously served for six seasons as Principal Conductor of the Metropolitan Opera and nine seasons as General Music Director of the Zurich Opera.

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Alberto Triola

Stage Director

Superintendent and artistic director of the Arturo Toscanini Foundation in Parma since November 2018, he was artistic director of the Festival della Valle d’Itria from 2010 to 2021. From 2013 to 2017 he was general director of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Theater. Permanently engaged in the theatrical and musical field for more than thirty years, since 2002 he has distinguished himself for significant leading experiences  at the head important Italian theaters and festivals, such as Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Monteverdi Festival and Ponchielli Theater in Cremona, Carlo Felice di Genoa, Teatro Comunale of Bologna, Teatro Lirico of Cagliari, with seasons of recognized successes and artistic programs of appreciated cultural vivacity, which often mark the consecration of new vocal, directorial and directorial talents.

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Das Rheingold Cast

WOTAN (bass-baritone) MARK DELAVAN
LOGE (tenor) STEFAN MARGITA
FRICKA (mezzo-soprano) DENIZ UZUN
FREIA (soprano) ELLIE DEHN
FROH (tenor) JAMEZ MCCORKLE
DONNER (baritone) KYLE ALBERTSON
ERDA (contralto) TAMARA MUMFORD

ALBERICH (baritone) TÓMAS TÓMASSON
MIME (tenor) MICHAEL LAURENZ
FASOLT (bass) LIANG LI
FAFNER (bass) ANDREW HARRIS
WOGLINDE (soprano) VALENTINA FARCAS
WELLGUNDE (mezzo-soprano) ANNIE ROSEN
FLOSSHILDE (mezzo-soprano) RENEE TATUM

Die Walküre Cast

SIEGLINDE (soprano) SARA JAKUBIAK
SIEGMUND (tenor) CHRISTOPHER VENTRIS
HUNDING (bass) STEPHEN MILLING
WOTAN (bass-baritone) MARK DELAVAN
FRICKA (mezzo-soprano) DENIZ UZUN
BRÜNNHILDE (soprano) LISE LINDSTROM
GERHILDE (soprano) HAILEY CLARK
ORTLINDE (soprano) MIRIAM CLARK

WALTRAUTE (mezzo-soprano) DENIZ UZUN
SCHWERTLEITE (mezzo-soprano) JENNIFER JOHNSON CANO
HELMWIGE (soprano) KIM-LILLIAN STREBEL
SIEGRUNE (mezzo-soprano) ZOIE REAMS
GRIMGERDE (mezzo-soprano) RENEE TATUM
ROSSWEISSE (mezzo-soprano) MELODY WILSON

Siegfried Cast

SIEGFRIED (tenor) DANIEL JOHANSSON
MIME (tenor) MICHAEL LAURENZ
WOTAN (WANDERER) (bass-baritone) MARK DELAVAN
ALBERICH (baritone) TÓMAS TÓMASSON

FAFNER (bass) ANDREW HARRIS
WALDVOGEL (soprano) VALENTINA FARCAS
ERDA (contralto) TAMARA MUMFORD
BRÜNNHILDE (soprano) LISE LINDSTROM

Götterdämmerung Cast

SIEGFRIED (tenor) DANIEL JOHANSSON
BRÜNNHILDE (soprano) LISE LINDSTROM
GUNTHER (baritone) ROMAN TREKEL
GUTRUNE (soprano) KIM-LILLIAN STREBEL
HAGEN (bass) STEPHEN MILLING
ALBERICH (baritone) TÓMAS TÓMASSON
WALTRAUTE (mezzo-soprano) DENIZ UZUN

FIRST NORN (contralto) TAMARA MUMFORD
SECOND NORN (mezzo-soprano) JENNIFER JOHNSON CANO
THIRD NORN (soprano) KIM-LILLIAN STREBEL
WOGLINDE (soprano) VALENTINA FARCAS
WELLGUNDE (mezzo-soprano) ANNIE ROSEN
FLOSSHILDE (mezzo-soprano) RENÉE TATUM