Wagner's Das Rheingold from Covent Garden

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Wagner's 'Das Rheingold' from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in London. Wagner's Das Rheingold from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in London. (Royal Opera House)

Das Rheingold gets Richard Wagner's monumental Ring Cycle off to a rousing start, in a quickly-paced drama introducing a fanciful world of vivid characters and world-shaping passions.

This production of Das Rheingold — which the composer called the "Preliminary Evening" of his Ring Cycle — comes from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in London. The stars are bass-baritone Bryn Terfel and baritone Wolfgang Koch 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 Antonio Pappano.

Cast:

Conductor: Antonio Pappano

Wotan: Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone)

Alberich: Wolfgang Koch (baritone)

Fricka: Sarah Connolly (mezzo-soprano)

Loge: Stig Andersen (tenor) 

Fafner: Eric Halfvarson (bass)

Fasolt: Iain Paterson (bass)

Freia: Ann Petersen (soprano)

Erda: Maria Radner (mezzo-soprano)

Woglinde: Nadine Livingston (soprano)

Wellgunde: Kai Rüütel (soprano)

Flosshilde: Harriet Williams (mezzo-soprano)

Donner: Peter Coleman-Wright (bass-baritone)

Froh: Andrew Rees (tenor)

Mime: Gerhard Siegel (tenor)

Royal Opera House Orchestra and Chorus

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