12. January 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Opera

The Washington National Opera’s merger with the Kennedy Center is appearing to pay dividends. The company announced on Tuesday that it would present the complete Wagner “Ring” cycle that it had commissioned with the San Francisco Opera but suspended because of money problems. The Washington company, whose merger with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts was announced a year ago, ended up presenting the final installment, “Götterdämmerung,” only in a concert performance in 2009 after individual productions of the first three operas in previous seasons. It had halted plans for a presentation of the complete cycle, which San Francisco staged last June.

Now, the Washington National Opera said it would present three cycles in 2016, although company officials added that it must still raise $10 million, a task made easier by having access to the Kennedy Center’s donor list.

I read that here, and have seen it in a multitude of other places online as well.

So tempted ….

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