Full immersion, total immolation: Götterdämmerung crowns Opera North’s magnificent Ring

Wagner: Götterdämmerung *****

Opera North, Royal Festival Hall, 3rd July 2016

Wagner would have made a dreadful Neighbours scriptwriter. His “Previously inThe Ring” at the start of Götterdämmerung is hardly snappy, as the three Norns wind the rope of destiny and give a lengthy exposition of the story thus far. Concision wasn’t exactly Wagner’s strength and, I confess, it’s the length of this final work in the tetralogy that I find forbidding: the estimated duration for the Prologue and Act I in Opera North’s concert staging here ran to just a few minutes shorter than last night’s entire Trovatore at Covent Garden!

Mati Turi (Siegfried) © Clive Barda

Mati Turi (Siegfried)
© Clive Barda

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