Wagner's Das Rheingold

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Saturday, September 21, 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 — is the second installment in our fall series 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. Antonio Pappano conducts this production by Keith Warner.


Bryn Terfel, bass-baritone, Wotan
Stig Andersen, tenor, Loge
Sarah Connolly, mezzo-soprano, Fricka
Ann Petersen, soprano, Freia
Peter Coleman-Wright, bass-baritone, Donner
Andrew Rees, tenor, Froh
Maria Radner, contralto, Erda
Wolfgang Koch, baritone, Alberich
Gerhard Siegel, tenor, Mime
Iain Paterson, bass-baritone, Fasolt
Eric Halfvarson, bass, Fafner
Nadine Livingston, soprano, Woglinde
Kai Rüütel, soprano, Wellgunde
Harriet Williams, mezzo-soprano, Flosshilde

Royal Opera Chorus & Royal Opera House Orchestra
Antonio Pappano, conductor


Comments [5]

Do we really need to see this -- "I am a Wagnerian heldentenor ... solo concerts." -- over and over again?

Isn't there a moderated function for comments?

Sep. 23 2013 01:01 AM
Concetta Nardone from Nassau

CBC: Hope you are well. I am OK, you know old and hurt.
Could not listen to all of this broadcast, just the Entrance of the Gods into Valhalla. Thought the sound mix was very bad and the horns were drowned out. Not a good balance. Do not know if this was the conductors's fault or the equipment they used.
Best wishes to all

Sep. 21 2013 04:42 PM

Your entitled to your opinion but Terfel is sloppy & underpowered. Froh needed a little help with the Bridge too.

Sep. 21 2013 03:34 PM
George from NYC

This is a superior RHEINGOLD. It is extremely well-paced...the orchestra under Sir Antonio is really in great form. I think the singers are quite good..Stig Andersen was a very fine Siegfried for the Met in 2000. The broadcast sound is superb...BRAVO all around!

Sep. 21 2013 03:23 PM

CBC I hope you are well. Back in July the BBC b'cast a complete Ring live from the Proms in one week cond. by Barenboim. It was very good. My comment is about Terfel. He's choppy, resorts to piano too often and I think he's becoming a persnality more than a great Wotan. If you just listened to his "herrliche Bau", he made a terrible noise - not written in the score. Yet there are times when he can sing legato. Don't know if he's just sloppy or the voice isn't responding. But thanks to QXR for the b'cast. If you want to hear a world-class Wotan in the making, listen to Pape's Wotan from LaScala. WOW !!!!!

Sep. 21 2013 01:49 PM

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