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Opera North’s Ring Cycle was a breath of fresh air

The production at the Southbank had a vital, unpretentious clarity

By Sameer Rahim  
Mati Turi as Siegfried in Opera North's Ring Cycle © Alice the Camera

Mati Turi as Siegfried in Opera North's Ring Cycle © Alice the Camera

For many people, including seasoned opera fans, the works of Richard Wagner can be off-putting. None more so that his Ring Cycle, spread over four operas and 15 hours of music. It doesn’t help that some Wagner fans rather enjoy the idea of the Ring as accessible only to those who, like the Cycle’s hero Siegfried, must force their way up a daunting pinnacle.

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