Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Nottingham, National Trust, Navigation and Nibelungs June 2016

Wagner's Ring Cycle week in Nottingham June 2016

Opportunities to hear/see the complete Wagner Ring Cycle only happen every 8 - 10 years or so. Chris and I have followed Opera North and their building of the complete Ring since 2011 - going to each of the four majestic operas each year in Leeds and Birmingham.

2016 is the final culmination of that work as Opera North produce the complete Ring Cycle in the one week. My brother and I agreed to get to it - the one in Nottingham Royal Concert Hall fitting our dates.
We booked a 2-bedroom apartment for the week, right in the centre of Nottingham. Ideally placed to get to the Concert Hall. Chris came over as well.
The four operas start with Das Rheingold on the Monday and then are followed by Die Walkure on Tuesday, Siegfried on Thursday and the final Gotterdammerung on the Saturday.
We had an absolutely fantastic week!!

Chris and I drove over to the National Trust Belton House - the gardens are exceptional

A view beyond the clipped yews to the Orangery

A formal setting

The Beeston Cut heads through Nottingham, linking reaches of the River Trent
Here, looking down on Castle Lock. And yes, it is pouring with rain!

Leaving under the Wilford Road Bridge

The aptly named pub (from where the above photos were taken).
Excellent real ale!

The reason to be in Nottingham.
The brilliant and amazing Wagner Ring Cycle - performed by Opera North

A brilliant concept of performance - with the massive orchestra on stage!
This meant the opera singers were right at the front

Siefried in full cry - with overhead visual projections - brilliant!

The brass section gave a quick fanfare at the 10 minutes to go call.
I managed to get into the photo as well!

A simply marvellous week of fun and opera!
Thank you Chris and brother Mike!

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