The Castorf Ring: Die Walküre (Bayreuth, 2016)
The new Bayreuth production of the Ring Cycle that premiered in 2013 offered spectacular sets, courtesy of Aleksandar Denić. As is regularly the case in Frank Castorf's productions, live video recordings add an extra dimension and in this performance Die Walküre is set at the beginning in the 19th century and then moves ahead to the Stalin era. The geographic setting is Baku, Azerbaijan, so in addition to Wild West capitalism, Castorf also takes aim at Soviet communism. The leading roles are also strongly cast in this third revival of Castorf's production, with Christopher Ventris, Heidi Melton, Catherine Foster and John Lundgren.
- Sarah Connolly (Mezzo-Soprano), Catherine Foster (Soprano), Dara Hobbs (Soprano), Stéphanie Houtzeel (Mezzo-Soprano), Christiane Kohl (Soprano), Wiebke Lehmkuhl (Alto), John Lundgren (Baritone), Heidi Melton (Soprano), Mareike Morr (Mezzo-Soprano), Alexandra Petersamer (Mezzo-Soprano), Christopher Ventris (Tenor), Nadine Weissmann (Alto), Caroline Wenborne (Soprano), Georg Zeppenfeld (Bass)
- Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele
- Marek Janowski