Elisabet Strid

Cory Weaver / Lyric Opera of Chicago

Airs Saturday, May 26, 2018, at 12 noon. Our opera season continues this summer the Lyric Opera of Chicago's production of Richard Wagner's Die Walküre starring Brandon Jovanovich as Siegmund, Elisabet Strid as Sieglinde, Ain Anger as Hunding, and Eric Owens as Wotan. Christine Goerke takes the roll of Brünnhilde, and Tanja Ariane Baumgartner is Fricka. this production also features Whitney Morrison, Alexandra LoBianco, Catherine Martin, Lauren Decker, Laura Wilde, Deborah Nansteel, Zanda Švēde, and Lindsay Ammann. Sir Andrew Davis conducts.

Airs Saturday, November 9 at 12 noon. Richard Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen is the perfect blend of words, action, music and drama into a "total work of art." It was the ultimate goal of Richard Wagner and nothing less than a complete revolution in theater.  Wagner's vision became reality against all odds at his own festival in the Bavarian town of Bayreuth in 1876. Since then, only his own works have been performed there. The complete "Ring" premiered at the first Bayreuth Festival, and each new production has attracted the world's attention.  The 2013 rendition by stage director Frank Castorf and conductor Kyrill Petrenko can be expected to generate controversy, as have productions in the past – following Wagner's own exhortation to "create something new."

We open with Das Rheingold with baritone Wolfgang Koch as Woton; contralto Claudia Mahnke as Fricka; soprano Elisabet Strid as Freia; baritone Martin Winkler as Alberich; tenor Norbert Ernst as Loge; tenor Lothar Odinius as Froh; and bass Günther Groissböck as Fasolt.