Europe’s first Samoan Arts Collective, GAFA, today announced its ambitious plan to present Wagner’s Ring Cycle as concerts with movement incorporating Samoan elements into the Nordic narrative. One performance, in German, of each of the four operas that comprise Wagner’s Ring Cycle – RinGafa, the power of love of power – will be given at St Mary’s Church in Putney on 30th October, 6th, 13th and 20th November.

Stephen Anthony Brown will conduct the Rosenau Sinfonia, in GAFA’s Creative Director Sani Muliaumaseal’iI’s presentation. “GAFA means connection in Samoan, and our Ring Cycle will connect Nordic and Pacific mythologies,” says Sani, and demonstrate “the back and forth between love, power, sacrifice and corruption.”

Performed by around 50 orchestral musicians, the performances will incorporate traditional Samoan ritual and movement and will draw parallels between differing cultures.

Presenting the complete Ring Cycle builds on the company’s acclaimed 2019 concert Siegfried, The Wagner Blade and is part of GAFA’s aim to reshape the narrative for Western genres of music.

The GAFA commitment to visionary concepts and genre, and to offering artists of all backgrounds a new vision of themselves is demonstrated by the singers undertaking the demands of Wagner’s Ring Cycle. Muliaumaseali’iI will reprise his acclaimed Siegfried and will be joined by Nadine Benjamin performing her first Sieglinde, and Yannick-Muriel Noah as Brünnhilde and Pauls Putnins as Wotan.

Sani Muliaumaseali’iI, who has been singing Wagner for over 15 years and who studied with the great Wagnerian Sir Donald McIntyre, commented:

“Wagner’s Nordic saga of power, greed, love and the curse of the coveted ring intertwines like the Rhine with Pacific mythology and history.”