Lyric Opera to mount new production of 'Ring' cycle

Written By Sun-Times Wire Posted: 12/20/2013, 01:52pm

Freelance writer Andrew Patner filed this dispatch about several key announcements coming from the Lyric Opera:

By Andrew Patner

Lyric Opera of Chicago will present its second new production of Richard Wagner’s massive “Ring” cycle in one or more future seasons, the company said on Friday. It will announce details and unveil its creative team and key cast members at a press announcement Jan. 17.

Lyric was the last major American company to present a Ring when it launched its first highly-successful production of the four operas over three years beginning in 1993, culminating in three full week-long cycles in 1996. That production, by the late German director August Everding and designer John Conklin, was remounted, also to acclaim, in 2004-2005 with Lyric music director Andrew Davis following Zubin Mehta’s earlier leadership of the cycle. Davis will conduct the new production as well.

No other details on this or a promised “Lyric premiere” were revealed Friday.

Lyric also said that it will announce its 2014-2015 season at a press event on Jan. 27. Next season should begin to show more of the hand of general director Anthony Freud, now in his third season. Many parts of opera seasons are planned and contracted five years in advance and it can take a number of seasons after changes in administration before changes in direction, programming and casting become clear.