You really aren't gonna believe this...
Opera will make an appearance at the GLASTONBURY
FESTIVAL for the first time this year, when the
ENGLISH NATIONAL OPERA (ENO) will perform part of
WAGNER’s RING CYCLE there.
Organisers announced this morning that 91 musicians
and 11 soloists will perform a section of the work
that includes ‘The Ride Of The Valkyries’ – known to
many from its use in cult movie ‘Apocalypse Now.’
“We decided to put them on the main stage at 11am
on Sunday morning,” promoter Michael Eavis told the
BBC. ” It is all quiet at that time of day and
hopefully a bit of Wagner will get people out of bed
as people are pretty familiar with the music. It is
bigger than anything we have done before, but it’s not
our usual style.”
ENO hope that by appearing in front of more than
112,000 fans at the festival, they will reach a new
audience not familiar with opera.
“This is an audience we should be reaching out to,”
said Sean Doran, artistic director and chief executive
of the ENO.
“[The Glastonbury audience] will know the signature
theme, but they will be hearing much of what they
haven’t heard before. They will be there to hear music
and have fun and in the whole sense of the outdoor
He added: “When Wagner wrote the ‘Ring…’ he wanted a festival context for it, he wanted to reach as many people as possible and take it to the masses.”