In an audacious, if not slightly insane undertaking, Fulham Opera, London's smallest professional opera company, have been tackling Wagner's Ring Cycle since 2011 and the company have now reached the point where all four acclaimed productions will be mounted as two complete cycles in February 2014.
For those if you not to familiar with Opera you may have come across Wagner without realising it. His "Ride of the Valkyries" booms out from helicopters in Francis Ford Coppola's "Apocalypse Now", is sung along to by Elmer Fudd with "Kill the wabbit" as he hunts Bugs Bunny in "What's Opera Doc?" and his Prelude to Lohengrin is played in "The Dictator" staring Charlie Chaplin.
This is a very rare opportunity to see Wagners' Ring Cycle in all its glory in London. Don't worry if you don't understand German as the operas will all have English subtitles. The casts consist of seasoned and emerging Wagner performers from across the globe: America, Australia, Canada, France, Greece, and Sweden are represented as well as the four corners of the British Isles.
Wagner's mythical action has been updated to the very near future and during the course of The Fulham Ring the Gods move from Dallas, to Hollywood, to a secluded Amish community before finally arriving at the Gibich's seat of power Washington. Now this journey of power corruption and decay can be seen in its purest dramatic form over the course of a week.
First Performance of the Ring Cycle:
Das Rheingold Sunday 9th February 7.30pm
Siegfried Wednesday 12th February 6pm
Second Performance of the Ring Cycle
Das Rheingold Sunday 23rd February 7.30pm
Siegfried Friday 28th February 6pm
More details can be found at www.fulhamopera.com
Fulham Opera Box Office & Public Enquiries: 07527 319 629
If you would just like to contribute and support Fulham Opera on this ambitious project you can contribute to their crowd funding campaign here: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/fulham-opera-present-the-ring-cycle