The 2013 production of Wagner’s 4-part “Ring” at Seattle Opera was “the best ‘Ring’ I produced in my 31 years with the company,” said the just-about-to-retire Speight Jenkins, Seattle Opera’s general director. It seems fitting, then, that the opera company chose the acclaimed staging as the first live recording it has ever produced. “Der Ring des Nibelungen” will be released via a 14-CD box set, digital download and online streaming.
The box set, which includes a booklet of photos, essays and artist bios plus libretti in German and English, costs $150. Sets preordered now will be shipped in August. The set will be released commercially on Sept. 9, as will the digital versions. Preorders benefit the opera company.
Evans Mirageas, artistic director of Cincinnati Opera, produced the recording; it’s on the AVIE Records label.