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Jurowski Ring Cycle 2021

Aruna S

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Sadly I have just received an email from the Southbank Centre saying that the complete Ring Cycle scheduled for early 2021 has been cancelled due to the coronavirus crisis.

Of course I'm absolutely gutted by the news. This was the statement issued by the London Philharmonic Orchestra 

'It is with deep regret and heartfelt sadness that we must inform you of our decision to cancel our Wagner Ring Cycle, which was due to take place in January and February 2021. This has been an incredibly difficult decision to make, and one we have not made lightly.


'We explored every possible option in an effort to retain these much anticipated performances, but due to the current Government guidelines relating to Covid-19, this has been impossible.


'Firstly, it would not have been possible to meet the strict guidelines around social distancing between players, soloists and conductor, given the huge orchestral and vocal forces required to stage the Ring Cycle.


'Secondly, due to the substantial scale of this project, it required significant financial investment from the orchestra. We have been saving towards this project for a decade, but it still needs substantial ticket income. Since our only option now is to house a very small, socially distanced audience rather than a capacity Royal Festival Hall audience, and with no immediate signs of a change to this restriction, it has become very clear to us that we can no longer afford to stage the Ring Cycle at this time.


'Finally, there would have been additional complications around the international artists involved. Potential quarantine measures are regularly changing and evolving, making it impossible to plan with any of the certainty needed for a project on this scale.


'We will programme Götterdämmerung at the earliest possibility, to complete the orchestra's first ever Ring Cycle with Maestro Jurowski. In the meantime, Jurowski is developing a typically inventive four-concert series, which will be recorded and broadcast internationally in the new year. Information on this project will be on the LPO's website as it evolves.


'All of us at the LPO are incredibly sorry to be giving this news to everyone who has bought tickets for the Ring Cycle.'


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