The Bayreuth Festival has recently made some noteworthy cast changes for its upcoming productions of "Götterdämmerung" and "Die Walküre." In a statement, the company regretfully announced that Emily Magee, due to an ongoing infection that is still in the process of recovery, will be unable to perform the roles of Sieglinde and Gutrune as originally planned.
However, the festival has managed to secure two remarkable replacements for these roles. Elisabeth Teige, who is already slated to showcase her talent in productions of "Tannhäuser" and "Der Fliegende Holländer," has graciously accepted the role of Sieglinde. Teige, having previously debuted at Bayreuth in 2020 as Gutrune, brings a wealth of experience and artistry to the stage.
Making her eagerly awaited Bayreuth Festival debut is Aile Asszonyi, an Estonian dramatic soprano. Asszonyi has captivated audiences with her performances at esteemed opera houses including the Estonian National Opera, Novaya Opera Moscow, Belarus State Opera, Latvian National Opera, Lithuanian National Opera, Opera Graz, and Oper Frankfurt, among others. Her portrayal of Gutrune will undoubtedly be a significant highlight of the festival.
The performances of "Götterdämmerung" are scheduled to commence on July 31, while "Die Walküre" will open on July 27. These productions will be presented as part of the highly anticipated three Ring Cycles, promising an unforgettable experience for opera enthusiasts and Bayreuth Festival attendees. With the new additions to the cast, the anticipation and excitement surrounding these performances have reached new heights, setting the stage for a truly remarkable showcase of Wagnerian masterpieces.