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Francesca Zambello’s acclaimed production of The Ring Cycle, at the Kennedy Center, draws provocative parallels between Wagner’s fantastical drama and civilization’s corruption of nature, spectacularly evoking the mythology of America. The struggle for the possession of a powerful ring drives this extraordinary series of operas, in which the stakes—control of the entire world—could not be higher.

Originally produced in 2011 by the San Francisco Opera, Tucker was hired to redesign Das Rheingold, update her production of Gotterdaemmerung, and remount and remaster Jan Hartley’s designs of Die Walkure and Siegfried.  With her incredible team of projection collaborators: Erik Docktor – Programmer, Russell Adamson III- Systems Designer and Engineer, Robert Robert Figueira – Associate Projection Designer, and Projection Coordinator – Maria T. Mendoza, the team created a fresh new look for Wagner’s iconic tetralogy.  Tucker worked closely with lighting designer Mark McCullough, to render a world of greed and destruction on the Kennedy Center’s Opera House stage. Video reenforces Zambello’s vision and storytelling – complimenting the infamous music on the downstage scrim during interludes, and specifying Michael Yeargan’s sets on the rear projection screen.  Video assists the audience in recognizing Wagner’s leitmotivs, by associating unique imagery with specific motives.  With McCullough, Tucker and Docktor, helped send video content to the Colorforce LEDs underneath the stage deck, adding a layer of color and mood to the large raked stage.

The Ring Cycle opened to a sold out crowd, and received high critical praise.  

Project Details

The Ring Cycle

The Kennedy Center