Wagner's Das Rheingold

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Los Angeles Opera's first-ever Ring Cycle was among the most talked-about productions of the 2009-10 season. Directed by the German painter and theater artist Achim Freyer, the wildly fanciful, $32 million production was a decade in the making and a major cultural event for the city of Los Angeles. This week's Saturday at the Opera features the first installment of Wagner's four-opera cycle, Das Rheingold.

Over an uninterrupted, 145 minutes Das Rheingold features a stellar cast that includes Michelle DeYoung (Fricka), Gordon Hawkins (Alberich), Morris Robinson (Fasolt), Graham Clark (Mime) and Wayne Tigges (Donner). James Conlon conducts.