Onorous Sounds – The Orchestra
SWagner’s Ring orchestra is no ordinary orchestra; the colossal scale of the opera calls for an augmentation of the conventional ensemble. Aside from the usual production partner, Orchestra Victoria, the Melbourne Ring orchestra includes guest musicians from the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, as well as the Sydney, Tasmanian and Queensland Symphony Orchestras. Guest musicians from New Zealand, Italy, Germany and the uk also contribute to the ensemble. Concertmasters Roger Jonsson of Orchestra Victoria and Jun Yi Ma of Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra co-lead the gargantuan orchestra.
The richness and intensity of The Ring repertoire is masterfully delivered by the 92 member orchestra (as opposed to a typical 65 members), comprising a total of 26 violins with 17 first violins (playing 14 parts in rotation), 8 horns, 6 harps, 2 Timpani players (with 8 drums) and 14 offstage instruments, executing a grand total of 15 hours of music. The Ring orchestra uniquely includes a greatly expanded brass section with new instruments such as the Wagner Tuba, Contrabass Trombone and Bass Trumpet to enhance the tone and texture and capacitate the sombre tune of the story.
Mastering and performing 15 hours of the complex Wagner score is no easy feat. Many of the players, particularly the string, woodwind and French horn players, encounter tremendous physical challenges. In order to deliver consistent sound quality and intensity demanded by Wagner’s masterpiece, players are rostered to ensure one or two acts of reprieve at a time. A total of 135 members are utilised in this undertaking. 格納的創作靈感源於北歐的神話與傳說，《尼伯龍根的指環》將我們領進了一個由仙女、邪惡、貪婪、計謀、武神、英雄，以及殺戮，愛情、生死、聖潔所組成的神話。一切悲劇的根源似乎都來自萊茵河水底黃金打造的指環，得到它，就可以統治世界，但條件是必須拋棄愛情。邪惡的侏儒發出了棄愛的毒誓，竊走了黃金並打造了指環。自此，象徵財富的黃金與代表權勢的指環，在天上、人間幾易其手，但最終回歸萊茵河底，演繹出了真善美與假惡丑殊死搏鬥的曠世悲劇。