NEWS FROM NIBELHEIM: RING BY THE NUMBERS
With 94 people in the orchestra, 74 members of the chorus, 63 crew members, and countless others, there are 370 people involved on stage, backstage, and in the pit during the performances.
It takes approximately 17 hours to complete all four operas in the cycle.
The Ring uses 13,000 ft. of chain (that’s more than 2 miles long), 950 lbs. of propane, and over 500 lighting instruments for over 400 lighting cues.
920 liters of liquid nitrogen are used nightly for fog effects.
There will have been over 230 rehearsals leading up to opening night, averaging at 3 hours per rehearsal, totaling over 690 hours rehearsing.
There are a total of 309 costumes for the 175 cast members on stage.
– Francesca Zambello, WNO Artistic Director and Ring director