Synopsis by Nathan Southern
The Palau de les Arts in Valencia, Spain mounted Richard Wagner's massive Ring Cycle of operas in 2008, with a somewhat unusual modernized approach that employed heightened visual fantasy, lighting, technology including 3D computer projections, and props often comprised of human actors ala Cirque du soleil. The final installment, Wagner's 1876 Götterdämmerung, stars Lance Ryan as Siegfried, Ralf Lukas as Gunther, Franz-Josef Kapellmann as Alberich and Jennifer Wilson as Brünnhilde. Carlus Padrissa directs for the stage (taking over for Roland Olbeter in the previous installment), while Olbeter designed the sets; Chu Uroz did the costumes. Zubin Mehta conducts the Orqestra de la Comunitat Valenciana, and Francesc Perales serves as chorus master.