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The Ring of Fire

19 Jul

20 Jul

The Ring of Fire


To be announced

Tereza Gevorgyan  

Arshak Kuzikyan

Sam Leggett

Heather Caddick

Anaïs Heghoyan  

Ben Beurklian Carter

The orchestra and chorus of London Armenian Opera


Creatives & production team


Seta White


Aris Nadirian


Teni Matian 

The Ring of Fire is an experimental, ground-breaking opera composed by Avet Terterian in 1967 in Armenia, a country hidden behind the Iron Curtain. Avet Terterian (1929-1994) was a Soviet Armenian composer scarcely known in his own country, but renowned in the Soviet Union. The recipient of prizes in East and West, he was praised by the likes of Dmitri Shostakovitch. He produced a large body of work including eight symphonies, orchestral and chamber works, songs, film music and another opera, Earthquake in 1984. In a courageously modern and eclectic western style, The Ring of Fire blends harmonic and atonal elements while also incorporating motifs of Armenian folk music.

Against the backdrop of a raging civil war, two combatants find themselves marooned together on an island. Haunted by the spirits of the past, their conflict becomes one between love and ideology. 

Shahnazaryan’s libretto is inspired by the controversial Russian story, The Forty First by Boris Lavrenyov (1927). Included is also poetry by modernist Armenian poet, Yeghishe Charents, whose work was later banned by Stalin in the Great Purge 1937. Along with other distinguished Armenian intellectuals, Charents died in prison.

The Ring of Fire

Music by Avet Terterian

Libretto by Vladimir Shahnazaryan on BorisLavrenyov's 'The Last Shot' and verses of E. Charents

Reduced arrangement by Aris Nadirian

Running time: 1h40m (including interval)

Age recommandation: 12+

Access seats are available to book online.

Wheelchair Accessible Spaces

For each performance there is one wheelchair accessible space located in K5 with the companion seat K4.Please note that this is not on an aisle, if you wish to transfer it would be best to book one of the access and companion tickets. You can book here.

Access and Companion Tickets

There are pre assigned access and companion seats located on the aisles on each side of the auditorium. These offer completely level access from the street. There is a gentle slope to the auditorium but no steps. You can book here.