Siegfried | Wagner | Arcola Theatre | Hackney Empire | Julia Burbach

Conductor: Peter Selwyn with the Orpheus Sinfonia
Adaptation by: Jonathan Dove & Graham Vick
Orchestrated by: Jonathan Dove
Directed by by Julia Burbach
Set, Props and Costume Design by Bettina John
Lighting by Robert Price.

With Lee Bisset was Brünnhilde, Paul Carey Jones was the Wanderer, Freddie Tong was Alberich, with Neal Cooper as Siegfried (in Siegfried) and Mark Le Brocq as Siegfried (in Götterdämmerung), Colin Judson as Mime, Lucy Anderson (Gutrune), Mae Heydorn (Erda, Flosshilde), Lizzie Holmes (Woglinde), Elizabeth Karani (Woodbird),  Bethan Mary Langford (Wellgunde), Angharad Lyddon (Waltraute), Simon Thorpe (Gunther), and Simon Wilding (Fafner, Hagen).

The two operas Siegfried and Götterdämmerung were performed as a double-bill (as Vick and Dove originally intended with Birmingham Opera); starting in the afternoon with Siegfried in a single span of two hours and continuing with Götterdämmerung in the evening with one interval. This production also marked the end of a years long endeaver by the creative team and producers to bring the full Ring Cycle adapted by Jonathan Dove & Graham Vick onto London stages, starting with Das Rheingold in 2019.

Neal Cooper in the role of Siegfried and Lizzie Karani in the role of the woodbird
Mae Heydorn in the role of Erda
Simon Wielding in the role of Fafner
Freddie Tong in the role of Alberich and Paul Carey Jones as Wotan (Wanderer)

Photographs by Alex Brenner

Costume supervisor: Felicitas Bruder, Costume assistant: Linda Savini, Costume breakdown: Nina Schmidl, Design assistant: Ingrid Shiel, stage manager on book: Elizabeth Barry, Assistant stage managers: Aida Bourdis and Giulia Mazzoccanti, production manager: Josephine Tremmeling


★★★★★ Planet Hugill

“The Arcola Theatre’s Grimeborn Festival Ring adventure came to a triumphant conclusion yesterday.”

★★★★★ The Stage

“Ambitious fringe production of Wagner’s epic that convinces entirely on its own terms”

★★★★★ British Theatre

“Director Julia Burbach and her creative team deserve huge credit for steering this complex project through to a successful conclusion.”