Wagner's Das Rheingold from the Bayreuth Festival

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Thursday, September 04, 2014

Wagner's 'Das Rheingold' From the 2014 Bayreuth Festival. Wagner's 'Das Rheingold' From the 2014 Bayreuth Festival. (Enrico Nawrath)

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Das Rheingold gets 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.

On World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents the drama straight from the source: a production from Wagner's own theater, and the 2014 Bayreuth Festival, in Germany. The stars are baritone Wolfgang Koch as the god Wotan, and bass-baritone Oleg Bryjak as the Nibelung Alberich, whose vengeful anger sets the entire story of the Ring in motion, in a production led by conductor Kirill Petrenko.

Wotan: Wolfgang Roch
Alberich: Martin Winkler
Fricka: Claudia Mahnke
Freia: Elisabet Strid
Erda: Nadine Weissmann
Loge: Norbert Ernst
Mime: Burkhard Ulrich
Fasolt: Wilhelm Schwinghammer
Fafner: Sorin Coliban
Donner: Markus Eiche
Froh: Lothar Odinius
Woglinde: Mirella Hagen
Wellgunde: Julia Rutigliano
Flosshilde: Okka von der Damerau

Bayreuth Festival Orchestra
Kirill Petrenko, conductor

Comments [2]

Eric from NYC

Listening to the Operavore webstream at 8 pm on September 6. The heading says "On Air: Wagner's Rheingold from the Bayreuth Festival - Today at 4 pm."

But this is not Rheingold. For the past half hour it's been opera-without-words excerpts from Walküre and Siegfried. Now a vocal scene from Götterdämmerung.

What orchestra?? Who are the singers?? It would be nice if the playlist could be kept up to date.

Sep. 06 2014 08:12 PM

>in a quickly-paced drama<

Thumbs down. In the US, -ly adverbs do not get hyphenated.

Sep. 04 2014 03:06 AM

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