Wagner's Das Rheingold from Munich

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This week on World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents Richard Wagner's Das Rheingold, which the composer called the "Preliminary Evening" of his Ring cycle, from the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, Germany. The stars are bass-baritones Johan Reuter and Johannes Martin Kränzle as the god Wotan and the Nibelung Alberich, respectively, whose vengeful anger sets the entire story of the Ring in motion, in a production led by conductor Kent Nagano.

Cast:

Conductor: Kent Nagano

Wotan: Johan Reuter (bass-baritone)

Alberich: Johannes Martin Kränzle (bass-baritone)

Fricka: Sophie Koch (mezzo-soprano)

Loge: Stefan Margita (tenor)

Fafner: Phillip Ens (bass)

Fasolt: Thorsten Grümbel (bass)

Freia: Aga Mikolaj (soprano)

Erda: Catherine Wyn-Rogers (mezzo-soprano)

Woglinde: Eri Nakamura (soprano)

Wellgunde: Angela Brower (mezzo-soprano)

Flosshilde: Okka von der Damerau (mezzo-soprano)

Donner: Levente Molnar (baritone)

Froh: Thomas Blondelle (tenor)

Mime: Ulrich Ress (tenor)

Bavarian State Opera Orchestra