The Last Step Toward the RING

Over the course of one amazing week in July, the entire creative team from Lyric’s upcoming Ring cycle converged in Chicago for summer technical rehearsals for Götterdämmerung. It’s the fourth and final opera of Wagner’s Ring cycle that brings the end of the old world and the beginning of a new one. It also represents the ongoing evolution of this monumental new production for Lyric’s technical and stage teams and is the first time that director Sir David Pountney’s vision, the set design, costume design, lighting, and choreographic work has been fully explored on Lyric’s stage.

The images here will give you the very first look at some of the dramatic scenic and lighting designs that, until now, had been represented in model form, in drawings, and in lighting plots. We’ve had a chance to see it in three dimensions and wanted to share a very special behind-the-scenes glimpse with you.

The stage is set for Brünnhilde’s immolation scene in Götterdämmerung.



The sheer scale of the Götterdämmerung set is as vast as Wagner’s orchestra.



Brünnhilde and Siegfried will awaken in this grassy bed as Götterdämmerung begins.



Backstage view of the sturdy set platform during summer tech rehearsals.



Valhalla in ruins, as envisioned by scenery designer Robert Innes Hopkins and lighting designer Fabrice Kebour.



The RING Cycle

Join us for an extraordinary story told over the journey of four operas. Together, they comprise Wagner's magnificent Ring cycle, one of the greatest musical achievements in Western culture and an immersive operatic adventure that every opera lover should experience.

Götterdämmerung Production Sponsors

MARLYS A. BEIDER
HELEN AND SAM ZELL

RING Cycle 2016 — 2020

Lead Sponsor

ANONYMOUS DONOR
MR. & MRS. DIETRICH M. GROSS
GRAMMA FISHER FOUNDATION OF MARSHALLTOWN, IOWA
STEFAN EDLIS AND GAEL NEESON
ADA AND WHITNEY ADDINGTON

Bulley & Andrews - LOGO

National Endowment for the Arts - LOGO

With additional support from Robin Angly, Richard J. and Barbara Franke, and the Prince Charitable Trusts.

Photos: Lyric Opera of Chicago