Aleks Romano

mezzo-soprano

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Gotterdammerung (Twilight of the Gods)

  • Washington National Opera 2700 F St NW Washington, DC USA (map)

Wellgunde (cover)

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TICKET NOTE: Patrons who wish to purchase a complete Ring Cycle package should call the Subscriptions Office at (202) 416-8500. Single tickets to all of the individual Ring operas go on sale to Kennedy Center Members on Monday, Feb. 1, and to the Public on Monday, Feb. 22.
 

A DOOMED LOVE TRANSCENDED. A FRACTURED WORLD RESTORED.

 
Twilight of the Gods
(Götterdämmerung, 1876)
 
The Ring reaches its supreme climax in this final saga of valor and sacrifice, greed and betrayal, destruction and renewal. As a token of their sacred union, Siegfried gives Brünnhilde the ring and sets off for new adventures. Along his journey, he meets self-serving siblings Gunther and Gutrune along with Hagen, Alberich's son. Scheming to secure the ring, Hagen employs a magic potion to trick Siegfried into marrying another woman and abandoning a heartbroken Brünnhilde. 

Siegfried realizes the catastrophic deception, but is he too late? Torn between revenge and despair, and with the ring in hand, Brünnhilde makes one final, shocking choice to reclaim her true love. As she sets the night ablaze and lets the flames begin to surround her, she prays her plan will return their cursed treasure back to the Rhinemaidens, restore the universe to its natural order, and put an end to the era of the gods forever.

In German with projected English titles.Titles may not be visible from the rear of the orchestra.

Performance Timing: Act I - 116 min.; Intermission - 40 min.; Act II - 62 min.; Intermission - 32 min.; Act III - 72 min.

Please plan to arrive with sufficient time to allow for parking and entry into the Opera House by curtain time.  

 
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CAST & CREATIVE TEAM
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First Norn                                
Lindsay Ammann
Second Norn               
Jamie Barton*
Third Norn                  
Marcy Stonikas
Brünnhilde                  
Catherine Foster (Cycles I & II)
Nina Stemme (Cycle III)

Siegfried                                 
Daniel Brenna
Gunther                                   
Ryan McKinny
Hagen                          
Eric Halfvarson
Gutrune                                   
Melissa Citro*
Waltraute                                
Jamie Barton*
Alberich                                  
Gordon Hawkins
Woglinde                                
Jacqueline Echols±
Wellgunde                               
Catherine Martin
Flosshilde                                
Renée Tatum

Listed in order of vocal appearance
 
Director
Francesca Zambello
Conductor
Philippe Auguin
Set Designer
Michael Yeargan
Costume Designer
Catherine Zuber
Lighting Designer
Mark McCullough
Projection Designers
S. Katy Tucker and Jan Hartley
Choreographer
Denni Sayers

*WNO debut ‡ Current Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist
± Former Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist

Earlier Event: May 17
Das Rheingold (The Rhinegold)
Later Event: July 22
The Italian Girl in Algiers

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photo credit Kristin Hoebermann 2014