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May. 13 2019

05/25/19 – Das Rheingold – 1pm (Royal Opera House)

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The Royal Opera House’s Das Rheingold 
Title: Das Rheingold

Hosts: Tom Service and Lisa Flynn 
Broadcast Producer: BBC 
WFMT Series Producer: Daniel Goldberg 
Conductor: Antonio Pappano

Johannes Martin Kränzle as Alberich (C) ROH 2018. Photography by Bill Cooper

Cast (In order of vocal appearance):
Woglinde – Lauren Fagan 
Wellgunde – Christina Bock 
Flosshilde– Andela Simkin 
Alberichr – Johannes Martin Kränzle 
Wotan – John Lundgren 
Fricka – Sarah Connolly 
Freia – Lise Davidsen 
Fasolt – Günther Groissböck 
Fafner– Brindley Sherratt 
Froh – Andrew Staples 
Donner – Marcus Eiche 
Loge– Alan Oke 
Mime – Gerhard Siegel 
Erda – Wiebke Lehmkuhl

Das Rheingold is the ‘preliminary evening’ of Richard Wagner’s four-opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen. The shortest of the four, it introduces the characters that will drive this magnificent drama to its epic conclusion, and the musical themes that Wagner ingeniously develops through the cycle. Das Rheingold was first performed in 1869, and the second opera Die Walküre in 1870 – before the rest of the cycle was completed, and against Wagner’s wishes that the Ring be considered a unified whole. The cycle’s first complete performance in 1876 was a momentous event in opera history.

Das Rheingold famously begins with a musical representation of the flowing river Rhine. In his 2004 production for The Royal Opera, Keith Warner sets this opening in complete darkness: as the textures of Wagner’s music gradually intensify, so this universe slowly comes into being. Much of the production draws on 20th-century imagery to depict a world at the beginning of its decline, with the nightmarish laboratories of the Nibelungs contrasting vividly with the gods’ moneyed indulgence.

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