August 27, 2019

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.

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

Marlys A. Beider

Helen and Sam Zell

Photos: Lyric Opera of Chicago