On stage were 16 fantastic singers, sensitively accompanied by Aldeburgh’s founding co-artistic directors, Stephen Ralls and Bruce Ubukata. There were two hosts introducing a masterfully arranged programme that seamlessly integrated words and music as it moved from theme to theme.
Sir Georg Solti was the conductor for the first-ever complete recording of Wagner’s Ring cycle. It was an historic event and Decca Records and producer John Culshaw deserve enormous credit for undertaking the enormous risk involved. Against all odds – EMI producer Walter Legge thought it would be a disaster - the cycle was spectacularly successful. With most of the leading Wagner singers of the day taking part the performance was glorious, and John Culshaw and his team of engineers created a sound world that was far ahead of its time.