Wagner's Das Rheingold

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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