Lyric Opera's RING Cycle comes full circle with Götterdämmerung

What You Need to Know about Lyric's Production of Götterdämmerung

April 4 & 11

CHICAGO (3/5/20)The tragedy of warrior-maiden Brünnhilde and her beloved hero Siegfried unfolds amidst the utter greed and evil machinations of revenge-driven Alberich and his malevolent son Hagen. Love triumphs as one world ends and a new one begins bringing Wagner's magnificent Ring cycle full circle.

  • Ring cycle endgame: The final installment of Richard Wagner's epic four-opera saga, Der Ring des Nibelungen, in a brand-new Lyric production.

  • Rare opportunity: This is only the fourth time Lyric has presented this thrilling opera. What's more...there are only two stand-alone performances of this title, April 4 at 5:30pm and April 11 at 2pm.

  • Fiery finale: Brünnhilde ignites the stage in the most colossally destructive climax in all of Western opera.

  • Monumental score: Written late in Wagner's career, this opera doesn't have a dull (or quiet) moment.

  • Holds its own: Wagner originally wrote the Götterdämmerung libretto as a stand-alone opera, complete with a synopsis of the rest of the Ring cycle.

  • Want more? Lyric's full new Ring cycle takes the stage April 13 - 18, April 20-25, and April 27-May 3.

  • Formidable conducting: Lyric's own music director and principal conductor Sir Andrew Davis leads the expanded Lyric Opera Orchestra, with 94 musicians including four harpists and expanded low-brass section -- bass trombone, Wagner tuba, and more.

  • The only Ring opera with chorus: And what a chorus! 68 men and 24 women, prepared by chorus master Michael Black, variously whisper and roar thrillingly over the course of Götterdämmerung.

  • All-star cast: Lyric welcomes back soprano Christine Goerke and tenor Burkhard Fritz to reprise their roles as Brünnhilde and Siegfried. Bass Stephen Milling portrays Hagen, who conspires with siblings Gunther (baritone Brian Mulligan) and Gutrune (soprano Mary Elizabeth Williams, Lyric debut). Bass-baritone Samuel Youn returns as Alberich, and mezzo-soprano Tanja Ariane Baumgartner makes her role debut as Waltraute.

  • Back to the future: This production is set in a darkly imaginative future by visionary director Sir David Pountney and his creative team: set designer Robert Innes Hopkins (expanding original designs by the late Johan Engels), costume designer Marie-Jeanne Lecca, lighting designer Fabrice Kebour, and choreographer Denni Sayers.

  • Just two performances: April 4 at 5:30pm and April 11 at 2pm.

  • 5 hours and 15 minutes, including 2 intermissions.

  • Sung in German with English translations projected above the stage.

  • For more information and to order tickets, visit or call 312-827-5600.

  • For information about pre-performance dining options at Lyric, visit to learn about on-site restaurants, beverage service, and more.

About Lyric

About Lyric

Lyric Opera of Chicago is committed to redefining what it means to experience great opera. The company is driven to deliver consistently excellent artistry through innovative, relevant, celebratory programming that engages and energizes new and traditional audiences.

Under the leadership of General Director, President & CEO Anthony Freud, Music Director Sir Andrew Davis, Music Director Designate Enrique Mazzola, and Special Project Advisor Renée Fleming, Lyric is dedicated to reflecting, and drawing strength from, the diversity of Chicago. Lyric offers, through innovation, collaboration, and evolving learning opportunities, ever-more exciting, accessible, and thought-provoking audience and community experiences. We also stand committed to training the artists of the future, through The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center; and to becoming increasingly diverse across our audiences, staff, programming, and artists—magnifying the welcoming pull of our art form, our company, and our city.

Through the timeless power of voice, the splendor of a great orchestra and chorus, theater, dance, design, and truly magnificent stagecraft, Lyric is devoted to immersing audiences in worlds both familiar and unexpected, creating shared experiences that resonate long after the curtain comes down.

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New Lyric production of Wagner’s Götterdämmerung generously made possible by

Marlys A. Beider

Helen and Sam Zell

Photo: Lyric Opera of Chicago