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Santtu conducts Wagner’s Ring Without Words

Royal Festival Hall
£13 — £65
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Miah Persson


Santtu-Matias Rouvali – conductor
Miah Persson – soprano


R Strauss Four Last Songs

— Interval —

Wagner The Ring Without Words

Is it possible to take Wagner’s Ring Cycle – four operas lasting a total of 15 hours with a sprawling cast of characters from Norse mythology – and condense it into something that would fit onto a single CD, in which not a note is sung?

Composer and conductor Lorin Maazel accepted the challenge, and the result is The Ring Without Words (or as a New York Times headline put it, ‘One Ring to Shrink Them All’). All the great moments of The Ring are here. From our first glimpse of the bubbling waters of the Rhine, to the final destruction of Valhalla, via the lives, loves and deaths of heroes and dwarves, dragons and gods, the story is told in Wagner’s inimitably dramatic orchestral writing.

Richard Strauss’s Four Last Songs, too, deal with life and death, but in a much more intimate and peaceful way. Strauss was 84 when he set these intensely moving poems contemplating autumn, sunset and sleep. At Strauss’s request, they were premiered by the Philharmonia, which he had conducted on several occasions, and soprano Kirsten Flagstad. Our soloist is Miah Persson, ‘one of the most intelligent Strauss sopranos of our time at the peak of her powers’ (Bachtrack).

This concert is supported by Latifa and Aboudi Kosta.

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Prices & Discounts

£13 – £65

Multi-buy offer available; under-18s and concessions discounts available;

Student tickets


Available through Student Pulse.
Limited availability.

Running time:

1h 50 minutes, including a 20 minute interval

Recommended age

From 7+

Programme notes

Free printed programmes will be available at the venue. Digital programme notes available a week before the event

Box office

Philharmonia Box Office: 0800 652 6717


Before the concert

Woman and man in a panel discussion.

Insights talk

Thursday 4 November 2021, 6pm, Royal Festival Hall

Professor Natasha Loges discusses this evening’s programme. Free, no ticket required.


Royal Festival Hall

Royal Festival Hall

Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road

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Book tickets
£13 — £65