Wagner's Das Rheingold

Saturday at the Opera

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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Director Francesca Zambello's imaginative production of Das Rheingold for the San Francisco Opera opens the complete four-opera Ring cycle. A co-commission with the Washington National Opera, it made a splash when it opened in June. The cast includes Mark Delevan as Wotan, ruler of the gods, Stefan Margita as Loge, Gordon Hawkins as Alberich and Larissa Diadkova as Frica, and Melissa Citro as Freia, the goddess of beauty and youth.

CAST:

Wotan - Mark Delavan
Loge - Stefan Margita
Alberich - Gordon Hawkins
Frica - Larissa Diadkova
Erda - Ronnita Miller
Mime - David Cangelosi
Fasolt - Andrea Silvestrelli
Fafner - Daniel Sumegi
Froh - Brandon Jovanovich
Freia - Melissa Citro
Woglinde - Stacey Tappan
Wellgunde - Lauren McNeese
Flosshilde - Renée Tatum

CONDUCTOR: Donald Runnicles
STAGE DIRECTOR: Francesca Zambello
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA ORCHESTRA & CHORUS             
CHORUS DIRECTOR: Ian Robertson

Comments [6]

Frank Feldman

One must listen to Rheingold, I suppose, to appreciate the stupefying masterpiece which is Gotterdammerung. Nothing particularly human in it, just sermons and political screeds. Compare with Act 1 Walkure!

Oct. 17 2011 11:25 AM
concetta nardone from Elmont, NY

What barbarous vitality. Wonderful. Thanks for my "Wagner Fix".

Oct. 15 2011 03:39 PM
Mark from NJ

this opera is always a wonderful thing to hear

Oct. 15 2011 03:34 PM
concetta nardone from Elmont, NY

The Ring is all about the seven deadly sins and more. Greed, Incest, Fratricide, Murder, Interspecies Sex, Date Rape, etc. Some states wanted to implement censorship(?) laws. These laws would have made the Bible and the Ring operas against the law. Oh I cannot wait for the music of the Entry of the Gods into Valhalla. Wow. Nice singing so far.

Oct. 15 2011 02:21 PM
L.Lubin from Ft. Lee, NJ

A quick surf tot he SFO website identified the singer as Gerd Grochowski.

Oct. 15 2011 01:28 PM
L. Lubin from Ft. Lee, NJ

The opera just started, and sounds great so far...but you failed to credit the baritone singing the role of Donner, whose summoning of the mists conjures the rainbow bridge for the entrance of teh gods into Valhalla. A pretty significant moment in the opera and an egregious omission!

Oct. 15 2011 01:23 PM

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