Since 2011, Opera North has been building its acclaimed first production of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen.
On Saturday, the project reaches its climax with the premiere of Götterdämmerung. Richard Farnes conducts Peter Mumford’s concert staging and the cast includes Mati Turi, Mats Almgren, Orla Boylan, Jo Pohlheim and Susan Bickley, with Lee Bisset, Heather Shipp and Fiona Kimm as First Norn.
Having sung Sieglinde in the 2012 performances of Die Walküre (a performance of which The Telegraph wrote, “You’d be lucky to hear as good at Bayreuth”), Alwyn Mellor sings her first UK performances as the Götterdämmerung Brünnhilde, a role she has previously sung in Gothenburg and for Seattle Opera’s 2013 Bi-Centenary cycles, (a performance of which the Vancouver Sun wrote, “she sailed through her impossibly demanding part in Götterdämmerung with power and subtlety, performing with affecting dignity and commanding presence.”) The Seattle Ring will be released on Avie CD in August 2014.
In the UK, she has previously sung Brünnhilde in Die Walküre and Siegfried for Longborough Festival Opera, roles she has also sung at the Opéra national de Paris, with additional performances of the Siegfried Brünnhilde in Bergen and Leipzig,
Alwyn Mellor returns to Seattle for Speight Jenkins’ leaving Gala this August, and to sing Senta in Der fliegende Holländer, a role she will also perform for the Florentine Opera Company and Opera North. Future engagements further include her debut at the Opéra national de Bordeaux as Isolde and Brünnhilde in a concert performance of Act 111 of Siegfried with Stefan Vinke and James Morris conducted by Benjamin Zander at Symphony Hall, Boston.
Götterdämmerung is performed at Leeds Town Hall on June 14, June 18, and July 12; at Symphony Hall, Birmingham, on June 21; at The Sage, Gateshead, on June 28; and The Lowry, Salford Quays, on July 5. Performances start at 3:30PM.