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Royal Scottish National Orchestra / Sir Andrew Davis

The fourth and final opera in the Ring cycle is its grandest, as the gods themselves face their doom. 

Following their spectacular Die Walküre in 2017, Sir Andrew Davis and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra reunite with a sensational international cast of soloists for the overwhelming power of Wagner’s greatest achievement.

Human greed rules the world and the deceitful Hagen hatches a vengeful plot to exploit the monumental power of the all- mighty Ring. Valkyrie Brünnhilde battles to restore the world’s order — but at a devastating price.

A work of unimaginable scale and artistry, drawing on Greek and Norse myths, written over 26 years, and totalling 15 hours, Wagner’s Ring cycle is one of the most challenging and rewarding operatic creations in the canon. The fourth and final opera in the Ring cycle is its grandest, a towering myth of inextinguishable love and dark deception that forces the gods themselves to face their doom.

Götterdämmerung marks the culmination of four years of concert performances of the Ring cycle at the International Festival, giving the audience a rare opportunity to watch the orchestra take centre stage, grappling with all the power, emotion and complexities of Wagner’s epic score. Götterdämmerung is certain to be an unmissable International Festival highlight.

This concert will start promptly and latecomers will not be admitted until the first interval.

Approximate running times
Act 1: 4.00pm - 6.00pm
Interval 1: 6.00pm - 7.30pm
Act 2: 7.30pm - 8.40pm
Interval 2: 8.40pm - 9.05pm
Act 3: 9.05pm - 10.25pm

Concert performance
This concert will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 at a future date.
Sung in German with English supertitles

Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Sir Andrew Davis

Christine Goerke Brünnhilde
Burkhard Fritz Siegfried
Amber Wagner Gutrune
Josef Wagner Gunther
Samuel Youn Alberich
Ain Anger Hagen
Karen Cargill Waltraute & Second Norn
Ronnita Miller First Norn
Erin Wall Third Norn
Danae Kontora Woglinde
Catriona Morison Wellgunde
Claudia Huckle Flosshilde

RCS Voices
Timothy Dean Director

Richard Wagner Götterdämmerung 

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Sir Andrew Davis

Christine Goerke
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25 August 2019

This event was part of a previous International Festival and is therefore unavailable to book or watch. The 2021 programme will be announced in June.

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With thanks to our supporters

The International Festival’s Ring cycle in concert has been supported by

Dunard Fund