Wagner's Das Rheingold from Munich

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

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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

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Comments [4]

Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ,

OOPS, my location for the Institute, the Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute is in Boonton, NJ.

May. 20 2012 02:23 AM
Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from eople

In many respects DAS RHEINGOLD with its single act, ethos and culminating finale is among the most echt, the REAL thing,of Wagner's music dramas. Four of my voice teachers, Friedrich Schorr, Margarete Matzenauer, Karin Branzell and Alexander Kipnis were among the most illustrious performers in their respective roles in the opus. With each of them I studied the role of Loge, a "FIERY" [sic !] personage with a marvelous aria and an ample opportunity for characterization within exemplary vocal writing albeit that the singer MUST bring a solid vocal and histrionic verity to its proper portrayal. I am a Wagnerian heldentenor, opera composer: "Shakespeare" & "The Political Shakespeare" & the director of the Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, where professional actors are trained for the Shakespeare roles and big-voiced singers are coached in the Wagner roles and voice production and dramaturgy techniques. I may be reached by phone at the Institute. My next concert in New York will be on Saturday, June 9th at the YOGA EXPO at the New Yorker Hotel. The title of the concert is BRING HIM HOME, with that song from the musical LES MISERABLES, encouraging the return of our armed forces and inspiring hope and love of country with This Land is Your Land, The House I Live In, You'll Never Walk Alone, Climb Ev'ry Mountain, Billy Bigelow's Soliloquy from Carousel, Granada, The House I Live In, Wien, Wien, nur du Allein, The Impossible Dream [The Quest], Empty Chairs at Empty Tables, Do You Hear the People Sing?, When Johnny Comes Marching Home, Kumbaya, Earth Anthem and eight other selections.

May. 20 2012 02:16 AM
WQXR

Good catch Jonathan, we've made the correction.

May. 11 2012 01:13 PM
Jonathan Brown from Lawrence,New York

You made a mistake. Robert Hale is not singing Wotan in this broadcast.

May. 10 2012 01:03 PM

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